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Volunteers Needed for Sculpture Construction

Sandhills Community College and the Sandhills Horticultural Society are excited to announce that the world-renown artist Patrick Dougherty has designed an installation for the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Once constructed, the piece could be in place for several years.

Art and garden lovers alike are invited to be a part of this sculpture construction. Beginning May 31, four-person teams will be needed each morning and afternoon for three weeks to install this unique three-dimensional sapling sculpture. The dates will be May 31 until June 18, seven days a week, except for the weekend of June 12 and 13. Volunteers must be eighteen years or older. No specific skills are needed other than enthusiasm, physical stamina, and the ability to follow directions. Dougherty will provide safety glasses, gloves, and other tools or participants can bring their own.

According to his website,, Patrick Dougherty was born in Oklahoma in 1945 and was raised in North Carolina. He 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. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture. Over the last thirty-some years, he has built over 300 of these works and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen worldwide—from Scotland to Japan to Brussels and all over the United States.

For those interested in volunteering, contact Amy Davis, volunteer coordinator for the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens at by May 14.

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