This is one of my favorite sculptures in the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at Turtle Bay. It was created on site in March of 2009 by environmental artist, Patrick Dougherty, during his three week visit. Our natural landscape inspired his design and the willow that he used was gathered locally.
Through his love of nature, Mr. Dougherty began to combine his artistic and carpentry skills. He studied primitive building techniques and started experimenting with the use of saplings as construction material. The Lookout Tree is one of his many natural creations that will give pleasure for many years to come.
He was assisted by Turtle Bay staff and community volunteers. My friend, L, was one of his helpers. Her job was to dip the fresh cut ends of the willow into mud so they would look aged. I can't even imagine how many strips of willow saplings were used for the hut. When I stand inside of The Lookout Tree, I feel like I am in a fairytale. Hansel and Gretel, maybe? No, that would be the gingerbread, candy and sugar house. Hmmm, it'll come to me...it just feels so familiar.