room-like structures constructed from tree branches
Chip off the Ole Block Grand Opening
World-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty was commissioned by Georgia Tech to create one of his unique, large-scale art installations, and it is ready for you to explore!



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    • Thursday, Apr 1, 2021, 12 - 1pm

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"Chip Off the Ole Block” is made entirely of saplings and natural materials that were sourced by volunteers at Serenbe, the new Urbanism community located in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The large-scale installation enjoys a commanding location on the newest section of Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons, overlooking Ferst Drive and the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design. The project was overseen by Georgia Tech Arts and was constructed over three weeks in January 2021. Volunteers comprised of community members and Georgia Tech students and staff came together to bring the project to life, providing over 500 hours of service.

As part of Georgia Tech’s commitment to sustainability, the Institute has established the EcoCommons, 80 acres of greenspace that will preserve the natural topography and link smart infrastructure across campus. This section of the EcoCommons, including the sculpture, will receive its official grand opening in April 2021. This project was made possible by the Kendeda Fund and was sponsored by Georgia Tech Arts, the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, and Serenbe.

Watch this video from Paul Milliken and Good Day Atlanta during their visit to the EcoCommons

Read the story in The Technique about the construction of Chip Off the Ole Block.

Learn more about the artwork on our Public Art page.

photo courtesy Kendeda Building


Patrick Dougherty

More on Patrick Dougherty

Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Patrick Dougherty was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture.

Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature,…