Three weeks of construction wrapped up on Saturday with the completion of Patrick Dougherty's large-scale architectural sculpture on the front lawn of the future Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA.
In addition to the involvement of dozens of volunteers, the sculpture attracted other artists, photographers and even filmmakers to use what ultimately shaped up as a combination of circus tents and a funhouse/labyrinth as inspiration. (FOR A SLIDESHOW ABOUT THIS UNIQUE ARTWORK, CLICK ON THIS LINK)
Five questions for Patrick Dougherty, sculptor, and Wendy Surkis, SMOA director:
Q:How long will the finished sculpture last?
A:"About two years. You try to take it down while it still looks good, while it still has some credibility to it."
Q:Has the project been given a name?
A:Tentatively, "A Circus Above, A Funhouse Below." "I started out with the idea of a circus tent, and circuses are as nomadic as the people who live in these kinds of structures."
Q:What volume of raw materials was needed?
A:"It takes about a tractor-trailer load to make a piece. We're refining and polishing now."
Q:How close is the $22 million goal to start actively working on the Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA renovation and opening?
A:"$15,527,515 and 85 cents. We're 70 percent toward our goal. The kind of excitement we've drawn from the volunteers, docents and community is greater than I expected."
Q:How many people worked on the project?
A:A little under 200; about 130 volunteers on the construction itself, 28 docents, and a variety of people on various committees.