"The Big Easy"
April 2018 - please note:
A portion of "The Big Easy" sculpture has become unstable. Duke Gardens is working with the artist's team to repair it, hopefully at the end of April. In the meantime, we ask visitors not to approach the barricaded section of the sculpture. We thank you for your understanding and your appreciation of this unique work of art.
An exciting addition to Duke Gardens,"The Big Easy" joins artist Patrick Dougherty’s worldwide body of more than 250 whimsical stickwork sculptures. Dougherty’s vision for each of his sculptures develops as he considers how it will fit into the surrounding landscape, and how changing natural light will transform it through the seasons. Look around you. Can you see echoes of Duke Gardens in this sculpture?
This interactive artwork was created over three weeks using sticks collected in partnership with Duke Forest. Dougherty, who is based in Chapel Hill, led a collaborative process that included his team and Gardens staff and volunteers, to collect and weave the sticks into these intriguing natural forms.
Enjoy "The Big Easy," and help us care for it. Please move through and around the sculpture but refrain from climbing or removing sticks from it.
Read more about Patrick Dougherty on his website.