Happening now at Civic Park!

Temporary Public Art installation by Patrick Dougherty 


Na Hale Eo Waiawi
Little Ballroom
Call of the Wild
Boogie Woogie

The Bedford Gallery and City of Walnut Creek Public Art Department has secured a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for a public art project that will bring world-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty to Walnut Creek’s downtown Civic Park—a tremendous accomplishment that will boost community involvement in the arts. The project is a monumental installation that Dougherty will create from woven willow saplings; the public is invited to apply to be a volunteer assistant and work side-by-side with the artist to build this one-of-a-kind environment in Civic Park. The project is slated to begin May 8th, 2018 and completed by May 26th, ending with a celebration event at Civic Park. The installation will be on view in Walnut Creek for two years.

This project is inspired by the idea that art is for everyone.

 “Our main goal with this project is to engage the community in and around Walnut Creek by involving them in the creation of public art,” says Bedford curator Carrie Lederer. “We want to broaden the audience for the City’s public art program and find new ways to involve all those in our community who are drawn to urban art, but have not have had the opportunity to be engaged.”

 About Patrick Dougherty

Patrick Dougherty is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina—he is known around the world for his signature sculpting style that combines master carpentry skills with a love of nature and experimentation. His innovative design and construction projects are large enough to walk in and around, and can be found in parks and public settings across the United States and the world including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Portland, Nashville, and Houston. 

 Dougherty’s prolific international career includes over 250 works and numerous awards including a North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship. He published a major monograph of his work, Stickwork, in 2009. Dougherty earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. He later studied art history and sculpture at the University of North Carolina. Learn more: http://www.stickwork.net/

 About the National Endowment for the Arts

Congress established the NEA in 1965 and it remains “the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.” Learn more: https://www.arts.gov/about-nea

Civic Park Celebration

Saturday, May 26, 2-4pm

Civic Park, 1375 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Free to the public

Celebrate the completion of Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture in Civic Park with hands-on art activities and meeting the artist. Join our e-news or follow us on social media for up to date announcements on events and activities.

How to get involved

Those interested in applying to become a volunteer artist assistant for this project can email Kelly Wu at wu@bedfordgallery.org with a volunteer application. Shifts are available  8am-12pm or 1-5pm from May 8th – 26th.  Volunteers can sign up for one or more shifts.