KidsZone Getting Stick Art, Volunteers Can Help Harvest Sapling

9:16 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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Asheboro, NC-- When parents take their children to the KidsZone this summer at the NC Zoo they'll be greeted with art. But not just any kind of art, this will be stick art.

The art work (see picture) will be from the hands of Internationally acclaimed Chapel Hill-based artist Patrick Dougherty.

Zoo officials said Dougherty will build the structure which is expected to be about 14 feet high and 25 feet in diameter, during a three-week residency in February.

Volunteers are needed to harvest local, Randolph County saplings for the project and to assist Dougherty with the construction.

Those wanting to volunteer can call (336) 879-7712 or e-mail for more information.

The public can watch Dougherty as he works on the sculpture throughout the month. Additionally, the Randolph Arts Guild will host a talk by the artist at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Sara Smith Self Gallery in the Moring Art Center, 123 Sunset Avenue, downtown Asheboro.

Dougherty's sculpture is the perfect entry point for the KidZone exhibit, an area that provides rich and diverse outdoor play opportunities for children of all ages. The project is supported through the N.C. Zoological Society by Bob and Bonnie Meeker.

Dougherty has produced more than 200 installations around the world and uses only locally harvested tree saplings to weave playful, nest-like architectural forms

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