A gift from the Central Valley Foundation’s McClatchy Fresno Art Endowment as part of the Fresno Green Art Project, a collaboration between the Center for Creativity and the Arts, Fresno Art Museum and Arte Americas made possible the installation of a work by Patrick Dougherty, an artist who uses sticks and twigs to make his impressive outdoor pieces, at Fresno State University. I had been wanting to see this installation since its completion last fall, and we finally got out to the university last week on a day when the students were on break. The campus was pretty much abandoned so we had the place to ourselves.
I felt that this was big deal for our little ol’ state university as Patrick Dougherty is known around the world for his work. It took a lot of effort to put this together so I was glad we got to see it. I understand it will be here until it deterioriates.
Terry and I both took pictures, but when we got home, Terry thought mine, taken with my iPhone, were better than some of his taken with his high end camera. Here are some of my pictures of “The Learning Curve:”
The stark nature of the piece against the barrenness of the trees makes for an interesting contrast. We want to see what it looks like against the trees when they have leafed out in a few weeks. The campus is quite beautiful during the spring and summer months as it is an arboretum of some acclaim. Or so we are told!