HC students collect saplings for Lincoln sculpture

Hastings College senior Chelby Schlichtman of Hastings ties
a bundle of harvested saplings Tuesday for sculpture project
in Lincoln.

Using clippers, hand saws and machetes, a group of Hastings College students helped gather tree saplings along the Platte River for use in the current project of a well-known sculptor, Patrick Dougherty.

Dougherty, who lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., has transformed piles of saplings into dynamic shapes that he calls stickwork at various locations around the world.

The sculptor has been contracted to weave the saplings into a sculpture at a private residence in Lincoln.

Hastings College students helped Monday and Tuesday with the harvesting phase to collect a flat-bed semi trailer load of saplings to be used for the project.

Chelby Schlichtman of Hastings, a senior majoring in art education, views the project as a great opportunity that would look good on her resumé.

“I’ve never met a famous artist before, so it’s pretty cool,” she said.
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