At Pease Park, explore a village of twig huts

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Today’s get-out-and-explore-your-city tip from Fit City – visit the Yippee Ki Yay sculpture at Pease Park.

I felt a little like I was visiting the Three Little Pigs house made of sticks when I parked my bike and wandered among the five leaning structures, all made of twigs from local trees and bushes. (Please don’t huff and puff when you drop by to check it out.)

Patrick Dougherty’s twig installation “Yippee Ki Yay” opened in Pease Park in Febrary. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

North Carolina-based artist Patrick Dougherty, with the help of about 200 local volunteers, built the little village by bending and lashing together stems of Texas ash, ligustrum, depression willow and other plants. The Pease Park Conservancy funded the project, which cost about $106,000 and was installed in February.

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It’s temporary, and will serve another purpose in its afterlife. Crews will dismantle it after a few years and use the materials for mulch in the park.

Pease Park is located at 1100 Kingsbury Street in Austin.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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