Courtesy: Public Art Reston
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A Bird in the Hand

Reston, Virginia

Patrick Dougherty (

Reston Town Square Park, 11900 Market St, Reston, Virginia, 20190
Commissioner:  Public Art Reston, Greater Reston Arts Center
Date:  2015
Placement:  parks (grounds)
Collection:  Reston, VA
Artwork Type:  installations (visual works)
Material:  wood (plant material)
Description:  Using sticks as his medium, Patrick Dougherty creates outdoor sculptures that inspire awe. His work has been on view from Europe to Asia and all across the U.S. Dougherty designs just 10 works of saplings per year, and each sculptural installation is constructed in three weeks, from harvest of the saplings to the construction with the help of volunteers. These artworks are made entirely of sticks, and generally last two years or as long as the elements will allow. From Tuesday, April 7 through Saturday, April 25, Public Art Reston and the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) welcomed Dougherty as an artist-in-residence. During this time, he constructed one of his original, site-specific sculptures in Reston Town Square Park. The completed public art installation was celebrated on Saturday, April 25; presented by Public Art Reston and GRACE with generous support from sponsors.

Sponsors: Willowsford Virginia, the National Endowment for the Arts, Reston Community Center, Reston Town Center Association, Reston Association, Hyatt Regency, Red Thinking, Storycatcher Productions, and Pat & Steve Macintyre.

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