written by Patrick Dougherty
Princeton Architectural Press | ISBN 9781568989761
Paperback – 208 pages
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Using minimal tools and with a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening sticks, artist Patrick Dougherty creates works of art inseparable with nature and the landscape. His sculptures evoke fantastical images of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives. Over the last 25 years, Dougherty has built more than 200 works throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dougherty's first monograph features thirty-eight of his organic, dynamic works that twist the line between architecture, landscape, and art. Constructed onsite using locally-sourced materials and local volunteer labor, Dougherty's sculptures are tangles of twigs and branches transformed into something unexpected, elegant and often humorous. Freestanding, or wrapped around trees, buildings, railings, and rooms, the works are constructed indoors and in nature. As organic matter, the stick sculptures eventually disintegrate and fade back into the landscape. Stickwork features a wealth of photographs and drawings documenting the construction process of each remarkable structure.