The artist Patrick Dougherty is at work on the finishing touches of his remarkable installation on the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. He weaves these remarkable constructions from branches that are typically found when power companies clear refuse for power lines--talk about sustainable. They last about 2 years and have appeared all over the world, in other botanic gardens, at museums. His next installation will take place at Washington's Dumbarton Oaks in a couple of weeks.
He invites the public to volunteer to help weave his constructions together and speaks easily and articulately, and his book, "Stickwork" has just come out. The work is magnetic, sophisticated, but almost childlike.