News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Goodbye Ceremony for Double Take Sculpture at Palo Alto Art Center
Contact : Ken Heiman    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA –The community is invited to bid a fond farewell to the beloved Double Take sculpture by Patrick Dougherty during a free “Goodbye Ceremony” at the Art Center on Sunday, June 12, 3-4 p.m.

Double Take was created as a temporary installation in 2011, and after five years, the artwork has lost its structural integrity. The artwork will be destroyed with a wood chipper, and the chips will be used for landscaping in the city of Palo Alto.

“During the five years it has stood in front of the Art Center, Double Take has captured the imagination of so many who have enjoyed interacting with the artwork,” says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “We know that our community will be sad to see the piece go, so we have scheduled a ‘farewell’ for everyone to say goodbye one last time!”

The ceremony will feature a few short presentations, hands-on artmaking for the whole family, and a chance for everyone to say goodbye before the piece gets wood-chipped for mulch.

Patrick Dougherty’s Double Take was installed in conjunction with the Palo Alto Art Center’s On the Road Initiative and was funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services Museums for America grant to the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. The Art Center and Public Art Program collaborated on the presentation of the piece, coordinating permits, placement and public outreach.

Double Take has been used as an element of Art Center programming, including school tours and birthday parties, and has drawn thousands of visitors since its installation.

The Art Center has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring Dougherty back to create a new artwork in conjunction with the Public Art Program this fall. The crowdfunding link is

This project is supported by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation and co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Public Art Program.

About Patrick Dougherty:
Internationally recognized artist Patrick Dougherty has created more than 200 temporary sculptures around the world, using sustainable materials. His installations are intended to be temporary, with a life of three to six years.

About The Palo Alto Art Center:
The Palo Alto Art Center is your place to discover art. See, make, and be inspired because everyone is an artist. Created by the community, for the community in 1971, the Palo Alto Art Center provides an accessible and welcoming place to engage with art. We serve approximately 90,000 people every year through a diverse range of programs.

The Palo Alto Art Center is owned and operated by the City of Palo Alto as a program of the Division of Arts and Sciences, Department of Community Services. The Palo Alto Art Center Foundation was founded in 1973 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy to the Art Center through a public/private partnership that allows us to enhance our reach and impact in the community.

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