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Renowned Artist Invites Others to Help Create Willow Sculpture on USU Campus

The Herald Journal Monday, Sep. 10, 2018

Visitors to USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library might have noticed a new work of art branching out. The new, yet-unnamed sculpture is being constructed with 6 tons of willow branches and sticks and the help of locals over several weeks in September. The man behind the effort is Patrick Dougherty, a professional sculptor based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. ... Dougherty’s sculptures can be found in places like University of Virginia, Purdue University, Australia, France and Italy. ... Craig Jessop, dean of the school’s Caine College of the Arts, asked Dougherty to come construct the sculpture. Jessop said Dougherty’s appearance is “the grand finale” of USU’s “Year of the Arts.” ... Asked what he wants the campus community to get out of it once it’s completed, Dougherty said the sculpture is designed to be more interactive rather than something they can stand back and look at. ... Dougherty said because of its materials, the sculpture is only expected to last two years.

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