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Natural materials form art at Chatfield Farms

Column by Sonya Ellingboe
Posted 4/23/19

Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates immersive sculptures from natural materials — saplings and branches — and for his upcoming reveal at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, it’s likely …

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Natural materials form art at Chatfield Farms

Patrick Dougherty will construct a new immersive sculptural work at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Example shown is “Ready or Not” at the North Carolina Zoo (2013). The new piece will be introduced April 27.
Patrick Dougherty will construct a new immersive sculptural work at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Example shown is “Ready or Not” at the North Carolina Zoo (2013). The new piece will be introduced April 27.
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Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates immersive sculptures from natural materials — saplings and branches — and for his upcoming reveal at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, it’s likely the materials came from on-site. He weaves the materials into whimsical and complicated architectural forms and the works remain on exhibit until they deteriorate naturally. The process of forming a large piece takes three weeks, and this new structure will be unveiled to the public on April 27. It will be placed in a clearing near the Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center, close to the Chatfield Farms parking area, at 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road (from Wadsworth Boulevard just south of C-470, go west on Deer Creek Canyon Road — you will see the gardens/farms on the left.

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