Reston, VA

Work began over the weekend in Reston on a large-scale public art project by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty.

Dougherty, who is well known for his works that use natural materials, will spend three weeks building the structure out of saplings. It will be unveiled to the public on April 25 and will remain in the park for over a year (since his sculptures are made from natural materials, they do not last indefinitely, said officials with the Initiative for Public Art Reston.

The Initiative for Public Art Reston (IPAR) announced in December that it received a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Art Works grant to support the project.

Willowsford, a Loudoun County housing community, has also given a large grant to the project. Many of the saplings used in the project were also harvested at Willowsford.

Volunteers are helping Dougherty prepare materials and build the art work.


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