Another spy back in Melbourne has brought this amazing art/architecture installation in Melbourne’s Federation Square to my attention. An installation called ‘Ballroom’ made entirely of willow sticks and branches by American artist Patrick Dougherty. The sculpture is a fanciful looking stick building which can be interacted with by the public. To me it looks like a cartoon Taj Mahal which if I was 10 or so I would love to run around and explore. I think temporary Architecture and art installations have a special relationship with the public, we know that it is only there for a short time so if we want to experience this we need to act now. I believe that more people make the effort to see and experience these temporary installations as word of mouth and hype builds before its taken away. I can’t go and play in this but I would definitely recommend checking it out or a least looking further into Patrick’s work online as there is a natural ethereal feel to his work. It seems to bring back memories or ideas of playing in a favorite tree or cubby house, there is something warm and familiar about his installations.