The push for a Sarasota Museum of Art to be housed inside the old Sarasota High School seems to have stagnated recently, so the folks behind it came up with an ingenious idea: have an artist create a unique piece of art on the front lawn (along a busy road) to draw attention to the building and the project. Enter stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty. He creates art using real tree branches. He's made stickwork projects all over the world including Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, France (very cool looking bottles of wine) and all over the U.S.
He started this project in Sarasota a few weeks ago and it ended up morphing into what looks like several wood turrets, which even have openings for would-be windows. Dougherty and his team used various sizes of crape myrtle branches. When you look closely, you can see how they fluidly bend and weave together without any twigs or sticks protruding. It's a very unusual concept and, as you can imagine, it's attracting a lot of attention.
One of the popular aspects of this project is that you can walk through the turrets and be surrounded by the artwork and gaze up and and down and take it in closely, like Meezie, who I met while taking pictures. She was in awe of the project, like everyone else I've been talking to there. Very cool. Interesting side note: Dougherty has degrees in English and hospital administration and started his stickwork about 30 years ago. To learn more about him check out his website here.