Mounts Botanical Garden Welcomes 100+ to Preview of New Eco-Exhibition TWISTED
By: PR-BS Inc.
Volunteers to Preview of Amazing New Family-Friendly Eco-Exhibition
Patrick Dougherty Entwined at Mounts Botanical Garden
Artist Officially Names the New Exhibit 'Cutting Corners'
(West Palm Beach, FL – January 30, 2019) The Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden welcomed more than 100 volunteers, staff, board members school partners, and sponsors last weekend to a sneak preview of the just completed, family-friendly attraction, TWISTED: Patrick Dougherty Entwined at Mounts Botanical Garden. This awe-inspiring new eco-exhibition is part of the Garden's 40th Anniversary RUBY JUBILEE celebration, and officially opened to the public on Sunday, January 27.
Located in the Great Lawn area of the Garden, this interactive, environmental exhibit features an original, massive, stickwork sculpture designed by internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty and created on site through a "community build" by 106 volunteers utilizing 30,000 pounds of willow. It invites visitors to wander through, admire, and become part of a living art experience.
The sculpture was officially named "Cutting Corners" by the artist as an ode to the five structures that intersect, creating a maze-like experience for visitors to walk through and a look reminiscent of a fortress that encourages awe and wonder.
"Cutting Corners is the type of magic that results when you bring together imagination, a community of friends, and the simplest of materials," says Rochelle Wolberg, Garden Curator-Director. "Mounts Botanical Garden is very privileged to be showcasing a Stickwork composition by Patrick Dougherty that truly took a community of friends and volunteers to bring to fruition."
"A very special thanks to all of our Community Build volunteers, including Mounts Botanical friends, members and staff; master gardeners; Palm Beach County Extension staff members; representatives from the Junior League of the Palm Beaches; and individuals who travelled from as far as Orlando and Miami to be part of our Stickwork construction,"
Note: A time-lapse video of the community build of Cutting Corners will soon be available for viewing on www.mounts.org.
About Patrick Dougherty:
North Carolina-based artist Patrick Dougherty is known for his Stickwork projects that combine both his carpentry skills and love of nature. Over the years, his work evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works that require saplings by the truckload. Over the last 30 years, he has built over 250 of these works, and become internationally acclaimed. His sculptures have been seen from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States, including two Florida gardens (McKee Botanical in Melbourne and Pinecrest Gardens in Miami) and his recent massive project at Cincinnati's Taft Museum of Art.
About the TWISTED Community Build:
The Community Build took place January 8-18 and 22-26. During the construction, Dougherty and his son and building partner, Sam Dougherty were supported by 106 volunteers, who completed a total of 632 hours over 159 shifts. These local volunteers included master gardeners, Mounts members, and representatives from such community organizations as Junior League, Legal Aid, Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension and multiple horticultural and plant societies, all working together to help build the Stickwork exhibition.
Hours & Admission:
Daily – 10 am to 4 pm
FREE for Mounts members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for children ages 5-12
Tickets are available for purchase at www.mounts.org or at the Garden's main gate. To schedule a group tour, call 561-233-1757.
About Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County:
With a mission to inspire and educate through nature, Mounts Botanical Garden is Palm Beach County's oldest and largest botanical garden, offering gorgeous displays of tropical and sub-tropical plants, plus informative classes, workshops, and other fun-filled events. The Garden contains more than 2,000 species of plants, including Florida native plants, exotic and tropical fruit trees, herbs, palms, bromeliads and more. Two recent additions to Mounts include Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden and the Zen-like Garden of Tranquility. Mounts Botanical Garden is a facility of the Palm Beach County Extension Service, which is in partnership with the University of Florida and Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden. Mounts is located at 531 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.
Mounts Botanical Garden is open daily (except Palm Beach County recognized holidays) from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, please call 561.233.1757 or visit www.mounts.org.
Available for Interview:
Rochelle Wolberg, Curator-Director
Mounts Botanical Garden
Gary Schweikhart, PR-BS, Inc.
Melissa Carter, Marketing Manager/Mounts Botanical Garden