Gallery: Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings ...

By now, just about everyone is familiar with Patrick Dougherty's enormous nests made of willow saplings, but his latest "Ballroom" installation at Federation Square in Melbourne might well be his most ambitious yet. Willows are considered weeds in Australia, where their dense canopy, invasive root system and excessive leaf fall is destructive to local water systems - but the plants offer a great medium for the American artist's larger-than-life public art installations.

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