As a child I used to watch my mother craft wreathes and baskets out of grape vines that were harvested off of the family nursery.  I was always amazed by how she shaped and twisted these vines and created something new.  Patrick Dougherty an installation artist based in Chapel Hill, NC takes this idea and use of material to a whole new level.  I was introduced to his work on the blog Garden History Girl which is a very interesting blog and worth looking at for sure.  I am amazed and intrigued by the whimsical nature of these installations and the ephemeral quality that they have.  It would be very interesting to watch one of these over a period of time and see how they break down on site and change.  You can go to the Stickworks webpage here.



Filed under Patrick Dougherty, Sculpture

4 responses to “Stickwork

  1. I love Patrick’s work! I was lucky to know and experience one of his pieces, which was install on the quad at Smith College. Truly amazing to roam in and out of and to see how he weaves these sculptures together… with the help of local folks. Great post! These are incredible… the movement working with nature and becoming part of the building around them… Magical! Happy Winter Solstice! Carol

  2. Wow! These are fantastic. Thank you so much for posting them.

    RO :o)

  3. These are incredible, truly the homes of gnomes and elves, or other peoples of fairy land. What a fun post! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Tim Jones

    Awesome, makes me think of a fairy land as well. Gets the imagination going for sure.

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