willow and roughleaf dogwood saplings
An internationally known sculptor of large-scale, site specific, temporary sculptures made from indigenous materials, Dougherty creates monumental environments by interweaving branches and twigs, without any outside means of attachment. His works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets. He intentionally creates each work of art to look “found” rather than made, as if it has just fallen into or grown up naturally in its setting. Each work takes three to four weeks to construct and gradually disintegrates over a period of 18 to 24 months. The Joslyn installation is a circular structure in the shape of the letters Y-O-U-R S-T-O-R-Y.
The Joslyn museum purchased this piece with funds provided by Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Truhlsen.