Oct 08, 2010

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones, and Also Make Amazing Sculptures

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Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates impressive, architectural art pieces exclusively from found stick, twigs, and stones. At 28, at home with two kids, he built his first piece, a log home. Then, "at 36, he went back to school, straight into the graduate art program at the University of North Carolina, 10 minutes away. His first stick work, a man-size tangle of saplings made on a picnic table at home, startled his professors, he said. They thought “it was too complete for someone who’d been blundering around in the netherworld.”

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Since then, he has made well over 200 startling (and delightful) pieces for sites all over the world — woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around buildings. "   Thirty-eight pieces of Mr. Doughtery's work have recently been assembled into "Stickwork" a monograph and memoir published by Princetown Architectural Press.

Read an article and interview with the sculptor at NYTimes.com. It's fascinating stuff.


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