A Bird in the Hand by Patrick Dougherty
Join us on Saturday, October 7, 11am–1pm
Free and open for all to join us in this celebration of the arts with a GRACE Family Day, complete with stick- and nest-inspired art projects, dance performances sponsored by Reston Community Center, and a brief speaking program. Artists from Gin Dance Company developed choreography connected to the sculpture and will present an encore performance at 11:30am. Director Rebekah Wingert-Jabi’s insightful short documentary film about A Bird in the Hand will be showing all day in the GRACE gallery.
In the spring of 2015 the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), in collaboration with Public Art Reston, presented an exciting environmental art installation by sculptor Patrick Dougherty in Reston Town Square Park, accompanied by an exhibition at the GRACE gallery documenting Dougherty’s works from around the world (photographic exhibition closed on July 3, 2015). Patrick Dougherty is an environmental sculptor who is well-known for his monumental, site-specific sculptures created from regionally-sourced saplings. The artist creates magical, immersive works that respond to the natural and built environments they inhabit. This ambitious project for Reston harnessed community volunteers to assist with the collection of saplings and the creation of the work itself—a process that was visible to the public. The public installation in Reston Town Square is expected to remain on the site for two years.
The Patrick Dougherty installation was made possible through the generous support of sponsors and grantors including Willowsford Virginia, The National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Reston Association, Reston Community Center, Reston Town Center Association, Red Thinking, Storycatcher Productions, and Hyatt Regency Reston.
Video credit: Short version of Rebekah Wingert-Jabi’s film about Patrick Dougherty’s “A Bird in the Hand”. Commissioned by Greater Reston Arts Center and Public Art Reston.
Image credit: Patrick Dougherty, A Bird in the Hand, 2015
Photo credit: Greg Staley