Just a little reminder to take two minutes to run outside, or pull over and check out something new, or just be silly for a moment or two! I was driving Manda back home today, and we started to drive past a very strange and magical-looking sculpture made out of STICKS.
I was like, “What is that?! WHAT. IS. THAT?!”
This is a road that I have driven down more than a few times in the last year or so, but sometimes we just kind of follow our regular patterns on auto-pilot without noticing the details. This was in in Manda’s neighborhood, so she had seen it a lot already, but this was new to me. I swung the car around into a parking lot so we could get a closer look!
Put it on my Christmas List, guys! It’s a stick sculpture by Patrick Dougherty, and apparently there are a bunch of these, in different shapes and configurations, all over the country and all over the world. He studied ancient building techniques, and he uses tree saplings and no nails or glue. I really love when art is interactive and you can be all up in it. I also really love that we saw new leaves/vines/trees growing on the sculpture.
If you’ve seen the movie “Where the Wild Things Are,” you’ll definitely feel like these stick huts are the place to start the wild rumpus. I tried to research whether Dougherty designed the stick shelters from the movie. It looks like he didn’t, but everyone thinks it’s obvious that the set designer was influenced by him. Who knows!
Regardless, I’m so glad we had our two-minute adventure, and we’re so lucky to have this magic in Palo Alto!