Community to Pay Tribute to ‘Common Ground’ Sculpture at Dec. 5 Farewell
Join Us for a Farewell Party
The sculpture was a team effort made by Patrick Dougherty in collaboration with his son Sam, and more than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members in February 2020. Constructed just weeks before COVID-19 sent everyone home, the piece became a place of solace for the entire community during a challenging time.
Part of Dougherty’s vision is that his artworks are not permanent. Over time, the materials become more fragile and dry, and eventually must be returned to the earth. Typically, the works last about two years. We're thrilled that we could keep Common Ground on campus for almost three years, but unfortunately, it is now time to say goodbye!
Join us from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5, to enjoy the sculpture one last time, with some warm drinks, s'mores, music, and a craft using parts of the sculpture.
I was part of planning and placement of the piece. When I was first briefed on this project, I knew that the construction would engage the community through Patrick’s plan of group harvesting and group construction. I confess that I did not see that community engagement with the piece would continue with such passion post-construction, during its life with us. For me, Common Ground took me back to days of building forts in the woods, and I couldn’t help but enter it each time I happened by.
Common Ground is the best sculpture I've ever seen, and it was especially fun to play there.
Creating the Common Ground sculpture brought the Davidson community together around foundational elements of our shared humanity–the natural world, hard work, teaching and learning, and creative expression. Returning the materials to the earth with reverence, in community, powerfully models the ethic we can and should pursue in other endeavors.