‘Ballroom’ by multi-award winning artist Patrick Dougherty is a piece of stickwork recently completed as part of Fed Square’s 10th Birthday Celebration. Dougherty is known for his enormous, expressive sculptures woven from willow tree saplings and sticks. The artwork took three weeks of weaving and bending more than ten tonnes of willow using just gloves and a pair of secateurs.
The initial inspiration for this piece came from Dougherty’s visit to the Indigenous collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in November last year, but the shape of the final work was inspired by the architecture of Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral.
It’s actually also a very sustainable piece as willow is classified as weed in Victoria. An estimated $2 million is spent annually on managing willows, which are often replaced with native species that benefit the health of waterways.
The piece is up until early 2013 so if you are in Melbourne check it out!