Sculpture on the morning walk

May 28, 2009

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Patrick Dougherty's sapling sculpture

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Swirling saplings

Today, Rob and I walked on the University of Kansas campus and came upon a Patrick Dougherty sapling sculpture commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art. It’s an engaging and fantastic piece of work. The placement of the saplings gives the impression of a tornado surrounding a very calm tree. Further into the walk, swallows circled us in their crazy flight pattern as we walked around Potter’s Lake. While I was studying the birds I noticed Rob fooling with what I thought was a trash barrel. Not. It was a whirly-gig. Perhaps the inspiration was a Merry-Go-Round, but the fabric had come out of the pivot point making the whirly gig only partially operable.

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Inside the sculpture limb lines sweep around form

What's Rob fooling with?

What's Rob fooling with?

A whirly-gig sculpture that needs repair

Anonymous whirly-gig sculpture

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