In all the years I’ve been going to Dumbarton Oaks I’ve never seen them present an artist’s garden installation. That is until now.
Patrick Doughterty’s extraordinary organic vision in “Easy Rider” is like walking into a Lewis Carol dream. For Dumbarton Oaks, it’s hide and seek match made in heaven.
Doughterty, who is mostly known for his work with woven saplings, is my favorite garden artist.
His work is wistful and yet solidly constructive within its structure. This can especially be seen in the photo below which I took a few months ago before the rows of hornbeams filled in.
Watching Dougherty’s construction process has been fascinating. First he collected his saplings and planted them stiff in the ground.
He built scaffolding to lift him high enough to weave the branches up into the hornbeans.
According to Dumbarton Oaks he refers to these sculptures as running figures that pursue one another within the ellipse.
His work is on view until the end of Spring, so I would visit while there is still time. Summer is fast approaching : )
For more information on Dougherty’s work visit www.stickwork.net
For more information on Dumbarton Oaks visit http://www.doaks.org
Britt : )