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Ballroom: A Giant Willow Nest in Melbourne With Tall Ceilings and Celestial Windows
Posted By Tafline Laylin On November 28, 2012 @ 9:14 am In Architecture,Art,Botanical,carousel showcase,gallery,Sustainable Materials | No Comments
For the Ballroom installation commissioned by the Federation Square Creative Program  to promote public art at the 3.2 hectare mixed-use space near Melbourne’s busiest railway station, Dougherty turned to the nearby St. Paul’s Cathedral for inspiration. Apart from metal scaffolding that keeps the willow structure erect, the artist uses few tools to prunes and bend the malleable branches to his visionary will.
It took three weeks and 10 tons of willows to realize Ballroom, which features magical arched ceilings  and celestial windows that permit just a smidgen of daylight to penetrate the interior. This particular piece on show until early 2013 helps the Australian government manage the arboreal pest in a way that is both aesthetically pleasing and awe-inspiring.
Images via Creative Production Services 
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URLs in this post:
 Patrick Dougherty's enormous nests made of willow saplings: http://inhabitat.com/patrick-doughertys-mind-blowing-nest-houses-made-of-living-trees/
 public art installations: http://inhabitat.com/tag/public-art/
 Federation Square Creative Program: http://www.fedsquare.com/culture/our-creative-program/
 magical arched ceilings: http://inhabitat.com/zecc-architects-converts-giant-church-in-utrecht-to-private-residence/
 + Patrick Dougherty: http://www.stickwork.net
 Creative Production Services: http://www.creativeproductionservices.com.au
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