“Head Over Heels” at Orenco Woods Nature Park

A few years ago, the artist Patrick Dougherty constructed a curious stick-work sculpture at Orenco Woods, a local park and playground in Hillsboro, Oregon (a suburb of Portland). According to the locals, it was both shocking and delightful to come upon them, suddenly, one day in the spring of 2017. Apparently, Dougherty builds 10 stick-work sculptures a year in parks in the United States. You can read more about the artist and the sculptures here at Travel Oregon and here at Willamette Week.

I had the opportunity to pinhole these sculptures in November of 2019. I wanted to visit the park since I heard about them in 2017, but hadn’t had a chance to check them out. The day I visited it was a beautiful fall day and the light was just perfect. I think this is one of the rare times when I shot an entire roll on one subject.

I just found out a few days ago that the sculpture was removed last year due to degradation. The sculptures are meant to be temporary, revealing the nature of impermanence.


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