Taft Museum: Volunteers needed for monumental stick sculpture

Ready or Not, (2013) North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC. Used by permission. Photo: Juan Villa

The Taft Museum of Art is seeking volunteers to work outdoors at the museum this April on a monumental art installation by Patrick Dougherty. Dougherty, who was born in Oklahoma and raised in North Carolina, specializes in creating large interactive sculptures out of tree saplings.

The sculpture will take three weeks to create — with your help — and it will last for two years. Visitors will be able to touch and walk through the sculpture.

Over the last 30 years, Dougherty has become known for his large environmental works, calling for saplings by the truckload. His more than 250 sculptures have been seen worldwide, from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States.

Artist Patrick Dougherty in his element, 2015. Photo: Brianna Brough/Chapel Hill Magazine

The project is being sponsored by the Haile Foundation.

Teams of volunteers are needed every day for four-hour shifts: (8 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–5 p.m.), April 9 to 20 and April 23 to 27.

Skills needed: All you need are enthusiasm, physical stamina, and the ability to follow directions. Some volunteers will need to be comfortable working on a scaffold, that is, not afraid of heights. You will be assigned various chores such as weaving under the direction of the artist, fetching bundles of sticks and clean-up.

A Waltz in the Woods (2015), Courtesy of Morris Arboretum of UPA, Philadelphia, PA. Photo: Rob Cardillo

The Taft would like to see a mix of ages, however no one younger than 16. (Teens must be scheduled by contacting Kristin McFadden at kmcfadden@taftmuseum.org.)

All volunteers will be asked to sign a release of liability.

Work will take place daily, rain or shine. Refreshments will be served during each shift.

Please note: The location has changed from previously announced Ault Park to the front lawn of the Taft Museum.

For more information: taftmuseum.org/sticks

Sign up by clicking here.

Read more about Dougherty here.

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