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Palo Alto Art Center Foundation Reaches Crowdfunding Goal
Artist Patrick Dougherty to Create another Willow Sculpture
Contact : Ken Heiman    6506173511

PALO ALTO, CA –More than $15,000 has been raised through a crowdfunding effort organized by the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation to bring internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty back to the Art Center to create another outdoor willow sculpture.

The successful crowdfunding campaign began on June 1, and within 19 days a total of $15,482 was raised through online contributions from community members. The crowdfunding goal was initially $15,000.

Dougherty will now return to the Palo Alto Art Center to create another environmentally friendly sculpture in late October. Details of the new artwork will be available in the coming weeks.

“This fundraising success story demonstrates the power of community collaborations,” says Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. “With support from the Public Art Program and Public Art Commission, lead donors, and community crowdfunding donations we are able to do something much larger than any of us could achieve on our own—bringing internationally recognized artist Patrick Dougherty back to Palo Alto.”

Dougherty’s first willow sculpture at the Art Center, Double Take, was created as a temporary installation in 2011. After five years, the artwork lost its structural integrity, and was taken apart and wood-chipped during a special “goodbye ceremony” on June 12.

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.

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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