Jamey Grimes (left) and his assistant Eric (right)
Meet the Artist
Alabama artist Jamey Grimes (born 1976) has created a work inspired by nature: Teraxacum, 2019. Named for the genus of the common dandelion, Grimes uses geometrical forms to represent the dandelion in its seed pod form. Extending off the plinth, his individual aluminum seeds tumble across the reflecting pool. In home gardens, the dandelion is often considered as both a nuisance (a weed) and an object of wonder (blowing the seeds and making a wish). In the Garden, the oversized Teraxacum ise a captivating and whimsical interpretation of this flowering plant.
We appreciate the aid of multiple City of Montgomery Departments including Maintenance, Lagoon Park Trails, and Urban Forestry for all of their efforts in bringing this project to fruition. We are equally thankful to sponsors Dr. and Mrs. Barry L. Wilson, PowerSouth and Servis First Bank, and co-sponsors Gage and Mark LeQuire for enabling us to bring Jamey Grimes’ Teraxacum to the River Region. This project has been made possible by a partnership that includes the National Endowment for the Arts and The Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Patrick Dougherty (American, born 1945), Rough ‘n Tumble, 2020, cherry laurel, ligustrum, and sweet gum gathered from the Montgomery area
Meet the Artist
For Rough ‘n Tumble, artist Patrick Dougherty found inspiration in the ancient pyramids of Nubia (see image to the right)—located in the Nile Valley of present-day Sudan. Dougherty placed one edge of each of his massive, woven pyramids on a pillow-like form to throw the structures off-balance. While they reach regally to the sky, the pyramids are simultaneously filled with a sense of wonder and whimsy. Look through the windows to see inside or venture through the doorways of each structure to explore interior rooms. This “stickwork,” constructed of locally-gathered saplings over three weeks in March 2020,invites up-close-and-personal exploration and stirs our imaginations.
Image credit: Detail of the Nubian Pyramids of Meroë, Sudan, Photograph by Fabrizio Demartis, CC BY-SA 2.0
Installation Time Lapse
The MMFA is incredibly grateful for the generosity of sponsors Laura and Barrie Harmon and John Caddell and co-sponsor Warren Averett, Barganier Davis Williams Architects Associated, and Valley Bank with additional in-kind support by Warren Barrow for Patrick Dougherty’s installation. We appreciate the aid of multiple City of Montgomery Departments including Maintenance, Lagoon Park Trails, and Urban Forestry for all of their efforts in bringing this project to fruition.