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Patrick T. Dougherty

Monks' Cradle
September 2012
50' X 50', 24' high
Willow Branches

College of St Benedict & St John's University Collegeville, MN A small chapel across a lake served as the inspiration for this outdoor sculpture constructed of saplings, mostly willow. The Monks' Cradle consists of five small chapels built in a cluster, leaning into one another, with a courtyard in the middle to surprise visitors. I wanted the work to look a little off-kilter and didn't want it to look pristine, because Nature is not quite pristine. The elements are somewhat geometric, but at the same time, they appear to be at the whimsy of the wind.