A Wiggle in Its Walk at Wegerzyn Gardens
At Wegerzyn Gardens in Dayton, Ohio, artist Patrick Dougherty has created a Seussian masterpiece that kids of all ages will love exploring. Entitled A Wiggle in Its Walk, this is one art installation that encourages play, dreaming, and getting lost. Dougherty took willow branches and, with the assistance of volunteers (1,000 hours of help!), wove a sculpture that is a winding labyrinth of tunnels, windows, and paths leading to benches (or not).
When first seen, A Wiggle in Its Walk looks like an above-ground badger warren – twisting and turning, with rooms large and small connected by winding paths. Once in, you’ll replicate that badger experience on your own. If you’re tired of wandering, you can rest on a bench. The windows in the willows provide a sense of traveling through time – each window opening onto a different view of the extensive gardens. And, while the sculpture is timeless, it is also temporary – only on display for a few years, when the branches will be composted after they start breaking down. However, nature does prevail – many of the willow branches are sprouting leaves!
A Wiggle in Its Walk is 191 feet from head to tail (measured in a serpentine fashion) and is 19 feet tall at its highest point. It was inspired by Fort Ancient’s Serpent Mound, and has a serpent head and tail. However, from the ground, you won’t get that – you’ll just be inspired by the living art of the tunnels, the imagination of the artist, and the sense of magic that comes from being inside something so beautiful and creative.
Wegerzyn Gardens also boasts an excellent children’s garden, formal gardens, and more. Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark is located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue , Dayton, Ohio 45414. Admission is free.