Twig House Down

After nearly two years, “Diamonds in the Rough”, the huge stick sculpture by renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden had to come down. After all, a twig house didn’t last very long at all in the Three Little Pigs fairy tale, but here in Richmond we were able to enjoy this structural installation for a good length of time. Handsome and extremely well-crafted by the artist and volunteers, the structure – magical to visitors of all ages – needed to be dismantled for reasons which included safety, pragmatism and aesthetics.

Diamonds in the Rough, June, 2011.
Diamonds in the Rough, June, 2011.
The final walls are brought down.
The final walls are brought down.
A big job, even for a large contingent of staff & volunteers, the deconstruction was accomplished in about 6 hours.
A big job, even for a large contingent of staff & volunteers, the deconstruction was accomplished in about 6 hours.
Lewis Ginter Horticulturist Seth Roadman - Project Leader for the deconstruction - prepares sections of the structure to be hauled by staff and volunteers to the chipper/shredder.
Lewis Ginter Horticulturist Seth Roadman – Project Leader for the deconstruction – prepares sections of the structure to be hauled by staff and volunteers to the chipper/shredder.

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