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The two RV Gypsies
at the Big Twig Maze Sculpture Thing and Gardens
in Dayton, Ohio
September 10, 2013

sign about the Dougherty Experience
sign about the artist of this sculpture

A massive sculpture made from thousands of woven saplings is located at Wegerzyn Gardens Metro Park in Dayton Ohio. It’s called “A Wiggle in Its Walk,” and visitors will find themselves both wiggling and walking as they make their way around and inside the giant creation. Dougherty says his serpentine structure, originally designed to “slither in amongst the bushes and trees,” was inspired by Ohio’s serpent mounds. Dougherty said the sculpture turned out “a little less snakelike and a little more maze-like.” The installation is one of 225 that the artist has created at botanical gardens and museums throughout the United States and around the world.

Above quote from http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/lifestyles/home-garden/sculpturemaze-to-open-today-at-wegerzyn/nMrG3/
Weverzyn Gardens sign
Lee Duquette in the twig maze

Dougherty says this is his largest sculpture; about 14 feet high and 200 feet long. It is fashioned of three-and-a-half semi loads of black willows harvested over a two-week period from Englewood’s North Park. Dougherty had volunteers that helped to bundle and carry willow branches and pounding willow uprights into the ground, then weaving and bending the willows.

the twig maze
the twig maze

As the two RV Gypsies wound their way through the twig maze, Karen was surprised to see a big tree in the middle of the twig maze.

Karen Duquette in the middle of the twig maze

a big tree in the middle of the twig maze.

The two RV Gypsies each went a separate way as they walked through the twig maze and they tried to sneak up on each other.

Karen Duquette in the twig maze
Lee Duquette in the twig maze
Lee Duquette outside of the twig maze
Karen Duquette photographing the twig maze
Karen Duquette outside of the twig maze
Wet woods sign

As the two RV Gypsies walked the boardwalk through the area labeled as the wet woods area, it was obvious that there was no water in sight.

boardwalk through the area labeled as the wet woods area
boardwalk through the area labeled as the wet woods area

The beautiful botanical gardens area

The beautiful botanical gardens area
The beautiful botanical gardens area

A water fountain with green bubbling water.

A water fountain with green water bubbling over
A water fountain with green water bubbling over

Below: Karen liked the delicate intracity of the tree's limbs and the way they intertwined with each other. The tree was labeled Fagus Silvatica.

a special tree
The beautiful botanical gardens area
flowers
a flower
The beautiful botanical gardens area
Children's Diiscovery Gardern sign
sign about limestone

The outside and inside of a cave

outside of a cave
inside of a cave

Several large planters shaped like animals.

buffalo planter
butterfly planter
flowers and a pond
flowers
habitat sign

Lee Duquette played the different musical instruments in the Music Maze area.

Music Maze sign
Lee Duquette plays the different musical instruments in the Music Maze area.
Lee Duquette plays the different musical instruments in the Music Maze area.
Lee Duquette plays the different musical instruments in the Music Maze area.

Another musical instrument: This one played music when Lee gave it a spin.

a tasmanian devil
musical spinner

The Dayton Playhouse is on the same grounds. The two RV Gypsies would have liked to have seen a play here, but nothing was playing until Friday, and they would no longer be in this area come Friday.

Dayton Playhouse sign
Dayton Playhouse sign
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