Recently I had the pleasure to visit these magical willow houses. Actually it’s an art installation by Patrick Dougherty at the Palo Alto Art Center.
They are little huts of woven willow branches creating tunnels and arches, in and out of doorways. The art piece is called Double Take and here is a YouTube video about its installation. If you happen to be in the SF Bay Area Peninsula area, the Palo Alto Art Center is worth a visit. Patrick Dougherty’s sculptures have been there for a few years, and the sculpture will remain until the willow branches naturally decay.
Most people attribute Germany’s Bauhaus
school, founded by Walter Gropius,with being
all about minimalist design, paring down
architecture to its most non-essential elements
whilst being beautiful at the same time.
What is overlooked is the fantastical costume
parties of the 1920s. Not only were they good
at designing furniture and everything else in
between, their costumes were just as sculptural
and flamboyant. The Bauhaus shindigs were
outright competitive. Imagine dancing around
in one of these with Wassily Kandinsky,
Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy,
Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer.
The parties began as improvisational events,
but later grew into large-scale productions
with costumes and sets made by the school’s
stage workshop. There was often a theme to
the evenings. One party was called Beard, Nose,
and Heart, and attendees were instructed t
show up in clothing that was two-thirds white,
and one-third spotted, checked or striped.
However, it’s generally agreed that the
apotheosis of the Bauhaus’ costumed revelry
was the Metal Party of 1929, where guests
donned costumes made from tin foil, frying
pans, and spoons. Attendees entered that
party by sliding down a chute into one of
several rooms filled with silver balls.
Nestled in the hills just south of Napa, CA
is the fabulously fun Glashoff sculpture gallery
and garden in Suisun City, CA. Be sure to check
it out if you are ever in Napa. Phillip Glashoff
continues the tradition of the lifestyle he was
born to on his northern California ranch.
His real passion is creating sculpture out of
scrap metal. The results dot the landscape
of the ranch; herds of steel sculpted cattle,
giant banjos, and archways made of street signs
just to name a few of which must be hundreds.
My favorite is the wind-up toy car that sits atop
a pole in the middle of the sculpture garden.
The kangaroo is made entirely of
Charming figure do the landscape including
a cowboy and his horse.
Candyland game sculpture made of
recycled metal and steel materials
This charming TP Lady holds all
your toilet needs and towels.
Sculpture Garden – Great place to wander.
This week is all about sculpture including
this random find in the Phinney Ridge
neighborhood of Seattle. The bright blue,
abstraction Big Wet Dog by Matt Babcock
made my day. He creates some pretty fun stuff.
I recently enjoyed an afternoon at the
Bellevue Art Museum. It’s one of favorite
because rather than having a permanent
collection, they change out their exhibits
on a regular basis. With its unique focus on
art, craft and design, BAM features extraordinary
works by Northwest artists while bringing national
and international exhibitions to the community
This month features amazing wood sculptures
in an exhibit Fragile Fortress by Dan Webb.
I kid you not, all of his work is carved out wood.
1| Splash, 2006 Carved Fir, Varnish
2| Fortress, 2009 Carved Cedar
3| I Love You, 2006 Carved Fir, Ribbon, Steel
And just as wonderful is the exhibit
Life by the acclaimed ceramicist
Kathy Venter. The exhibit highlights
the artist’s signature life-sized sculptures
exploring the universal narrative of human
existence. Her work engages with her own
life experiences alongside an array of
historical sources featuring a provocative
1| Metanarrative Series, Tokai, 2012
2| Immersion Series, 2012-2013
3| One/Revsion Series, 2012-2013