PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture

Far Flung is a new large-scale, outdoor sculpture on the grounds of the historic Taft Museum of Art — and it is pretty, pretty cool. Calling to mind Shinji Turner-Yamamoto's site-specific Global Tree Project: Hanging Garden installation — two trees suspended by wire inside Mt. Adams' deconsecrated (and crumbling) Holy Cross Church —  this work by sculptor Patrick Dougherty is being called a "unique fantasy experience."

Dougherty has manipulated and twisted more than six tons of willow tree saplings into whirling shapes that call to mind hobbit homes, a fairy garden or a Dr. Seuss-style dream manifestation. The best part? Visitors can touch and walk through it. Far Flung will be on display for 18 months to two years and is open, for free, during regular museum hours. 

Dougherty has built more than 250 sculptures on four continents. This installation was funded by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.

The Taft Museum of Art (316 Pike St., Downtown) is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More info: taftmuseum.org.

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PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
PHOTOS: The Taft Museum's fairy tale willow tree sculpture
Photo: Hailey Bollinger