Artchitecture: Pick Up Sticks with Sculpturist Patrick Dougherty

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Fusing art,nature and construction science, Patrick Dougherty creates monumental sculptures around the world using tree sapling sticks by the truckloads. The basis of his designs are derived from primitive techniques and showcase nature’s organic utilitarian function for shelter and form.  Mr. Dougherty currently resides in his handmade log house in Chapel Hill, NC with his wife Linda and son Sam.  According to stickwork.net, Patrick’s new book Stickwork, with “over 200 pages of wonderful photos plus text by Patrick himself with anecdotes and insights into his methods and his art,” can be purchased here.

Here are some samples of his work:

Na Hale ‘o waiawi (Roughly translated from the Hawaiian language to mean: Wild Dwellings Built from Strawberry Guava). The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003. Photographer: Paul Kodama.

Doin’ the Locomotion Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, 2004. Photographer: Ricardo Barros.

Call of the Wild Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, 2002. Photographer: Duncan Price.

Around the Corner University of Southern Indiana, New Harmony Gallery, New Harmony, IN, 2003. Photographer: Doyle Dean.

Crossing Over American Craft Museum, New York, New York, 1996. Photographer: Dennis Cowley.

Close Ties Brahan Estate, Dingwall, Scottish Highlands, 2006. Photographer: Fin Macrae.

Easy Does It Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida, 1998. Photographer: John Lawrence.

The Summer Palace Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009. Photographer: Rob Cardillo.

The Summer Palace Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2009. Photographer: Rob Cardillo.

All photos courtesy of stickwork.net.

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