Garden Exhibits

CUTTING CORNERS: A Stickwork Exhibit.

Located in the Great Lawn area, this massive sculpture was designed by internationally acclaimed artist, Patrick Dougherty and created from 30,000 pounds of willow during a three-week “community build.” Completed on January 26, 2019, visitors are able to wander through, admire, and become part of a living art experience!

Sculpture Officially Named “Cutting Corners”

The sculpture was named “Cutting Corners” by the artist as an ode to the five structures that intersect, creating a maze-like experience for visitors 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,” said Rochelle Wolberg, Garden Curator-Director.  “Mounts Botanical Garden is very privileged to be showcasing a stickwork composition by Patrick Dougherty not the least because our community saw it to fruition.”

Patrick and Sam Dougherty

About the 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.

Volunteers, included 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 traveled from as far as Orlando and Miami to be part of our stickwork construction.

About Patrick Dougherty

Patrick is based in North Carolina and is well known for his Stickwork projects that combine both his carpentry skills and love of nature. Over the years, his work has evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works that require saplings by the truckload. He has built more than 250 of these works over the last 30 years and has become internationally acclaimed. His sculptures have been seen in Scotland, Japan, Brussels and all over the United States, including two Florida gardens (McKee Botanical in Melbourne and Pinecrest Gardens in Miami). His most recent massive project was at Cincinnati’s Taft Museum of Art.