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Volunteers Needed to Assist with Environmental Sculptural Installation at Ford Park in June

  • 20 March 2018
Volunteers Needed to Assist with Environmental Sculptural Installation at Ford Park in June

The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places has issued a call for volunteers to assist renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty as he creates a Stickwork sculptural installation in Vail’s Ford Park. Starting June 4, the lower bench of Ford Park will be transformed over a three-week period serving as the setting for Dougherty’s Stickwork sculpture. Working alongside Dougherty the team of community volunteers will have the opportunity to help create what will be an installation evoking Vail’s pristine surroundings and playful sensibility.

To be eligible, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and agree to work a minimum of two shifts during the installation period June 4-22. Priority will be given to those who can fill at least five shifts. The volunteer shift hours are from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Water and snacks will be provided, as well as heavy gloves and a special gift in appreciation of their participation. Volunteers will be required complete an application and sign a release form accepting responsibility for their participation.

For over 35 years, the public has been mesmerized by Dougherty’s whimsical sculptural creations in botanical gardens, museum grounds, universities and other settings around the world. He has honed his craft at bending and weaving natural materials into over 285 monumental interactive sculptures for an unforgettable experience.

“I became intrigued with Patrick Dougherty’s installations after seeing his work for my first time in 2009 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Greenwood Village, Colo.  I immediately reached out to the artist inquiring about an installation for Vail. Needless to say, after having experienced five Stickwork installations from Virginia to California, I am greatly anticipating his work for Vail,” explains Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator for the Town of Vail.

“It was a wonderful experience working with Patrick in Florida at McKee Botanical Gardens and helping to build "The Royals." We all worked together under Patrick’s guidance. If you get the opportunity to help build by all means do it,” comments a Stickwork volunteer from Vero Beach, Fla.

Programs around the installation will be found on The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens will be hosting a photography exhibition showcasing the artist’s work in the Education Center in conjunction with the installation from May 1 through July 9, also located in Ford Park.

Visit to learn more about Patrick Dougherty’s monumental installations. To sign up to volunteer or to learn more, email with “Stickwork” in the subject of the email.

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

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