The Building of Shapes & Designs

World-Renowned sculptor, Patrick Dougherty is working with volunteers to build a Stickwork sculpture in the Naples Botanical Garden between November 1 and 20. We made sure to check out the progress on our visits the past two weeks. Our first visit 9 days into the project didn’t allow us to discern the final shape and design of the structure, but it was fun seeing how the workers begin to form the structure.

In the beginning long willow branches are “planted”
The shape is slowly revealed as branches are twisted and woven with other twigs.

On my visit a week later a lot of progress had been made and I was able to see how they were creating the structure. You can see doors being formed and a connecting flow of lines along the structure. The next photo is taken from the north side.

And the next one is taken from the east side. When it is finished people will be able to move through and around it. Photos of other sculptures around the world show children running and laughing through the many opening so I anticipate a lot of local school classes coming to see and interact with it. I look forward to becoming a part of these “shapes and designs.”

The sculptor, Patrick Dougherty, working a willow branch in to fill out a curve. I love how there is a merging of simplicity and complexity, beauty born of humility.

In the next two photos I see windows being formed. And I love how movement is being woven into the walls and openings. It is calling me to move within – maybe even to dance.

The last photo is taken from the southern side and you can see how long it will be. The Stickwork moves alongside the stone archway that you see on the right side of the photo. It also appears that the artist was inspired by the curves and movement of the palms being blown by the wind. I doubt that we will be told what the sculpture represents, leaving it to our imaginations instead. I sure hope so because I want to make it into what I need it to be on any given day.

The opening date for this piece of art is Saturday, November 20, the day before we leave for our holidays in Michigan. I was thinking I would run over there when it opens for members at 8:00, but maybe I’ll wait until I return in January. I am really excited about this so it would be something great to look forward to. Stay tuned for “the rest of the story.”

This post is a response to Patti’s Lens-Artist Photo Challenge topic of Shapes & Designs.


Digby Neck Grey

This house with grey weathered siding was photographed on Digby Neck, a long, narrow piece of land on the eastern side of Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy. The weather is harsh there on the Atlantic coast of Canada so people frequently use cedar shingles that are left unfinished and allowed to weather naturally. The beauty and character always draw me in.

Brought to you in response to Jude’s Life in Colour: black or grey.

Black Truck on Digby Neck

We were looking for someplace to get a little lunch on Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, Canada. We thought it would be really touristy being along the Bay of Fundy, reaching out from Digby where there is a ferry going to the mainland. I didn’t pack a lunch and I was beginning to wonder if we were going to have to fast – there wasn’t much going on along this two-lane road. Then we saw this two-fer; the Schoolhouse Cafe at the far end of the local elementary school and this black truck.

The cafe was delightful and we had the best meatloaf sandwich – way beyond our expectations.

The truck, according to my resident car historian, was manufactured sometime between 1948 and 1952. Jim said his Uncle Ralph had a truck of this model that was a one ton pick-up with a 9 ft. long box that he used for farming as well as all other transportation. I love the trucks of this era. From my female perspective the lines are gorgeous, rounded and well proportioned. The design seems so happy and functional – see the wide running boards, low to the ground. If I were a younger woman and we had storage space for another vehicle, I would consider finding one of these and having it restored, maybe with some modern safety features like lane mitigation and cruise control. I do believe I have slipped into the mind game that we all play – thinking about the good old days without remembering the negatives (like no power steering, or power breaks or automatic transmission). It was work driving these old cars.

My inspiration for doing this post came from Jude’s Life in Color: Black. I’ve got a few more photos from the Maritime Provinces to post for this challenge, so stay tuned.