Location: West Lafayette, IN
Instructor: Patrick Dougherty
Team: Purdue University HLA Class of 2015
Status: Completed in March 2011
In spring 2011, Purdue University invited Patrick Dougherty, a world-renowned artist, to co-teach a semester-long studio course on public art for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts. The result of the course was a large-scale temporary installation woven from willow twigs. One’s inspiration derives from the history of West Lafayette, and the very first group of inhabitants of the land – Native Americans. The form of the willow installation is a reinterpretation of the snake totem, one that has significant meaning in their culture.