Thursday, January 26, 2012

Patrick Dougherty

Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. Beginning about 1980 with small works, fashioned in his backyard, he quickly moved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental site-specific installations that require sticks by the truckload. To date he has built over two hundred such massive sculptures all over the world.
His home base is his handmade house of log in Chapel Hill, NC where he lives with his wife Linda and son Sam.

Right in our Own Back Yard Folks

WASHINGTON, DC - Dumbarton Oaks announces a new contemporary art installation by sculptor Patrick
Dougherty. Dougherty's project for Dumbarton Oaks was created and installed in the Ellipse, one of the most
familiar features of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. Originally designed by landscape architect Beatrix Farrand during the 1920s and surrounded by a sprawling boxwood hedge, the Ellipse was transformed by architect Alden Hopkins in 1956 by the removal of the boxwood and the addition of a double row of pleached hornbeams. Dougherty, well known for sculptures of woven saplings, responded both to the monumentality and the static quality of the space by adding a series of what he describes as "running figures," or twisted architectural elements, that rise into the trees and pursue each other actively and gracefully around the Ellipse.
The sculpture was constructed in 21 days in September with a team of volunteers using a variety of saplings, chiefly maples. It evokes some of the oldest forms of building and garden design and is particularly evocative of the organic or rustic architecture that was a feature of 18th century garden arbors, pavilions, and furnishings, especially in England. The sculpture will be on view through the spring of 2011 during public hours.


Call of the Wild

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

  • Childhood Dreams

    Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, 2007.
    Photographer: Adam Rodriguez.

  • Crossing Over

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


  • Ain't Misbehavin'

    Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC, 2010.
    Photographer: Zan Maddox.


  • Easy Does It

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


    Nine Lives

    Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio, 2006.
    Photographer: Greg Sailor.

    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.


    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 2005.
    Photograph: Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

  • Uff-Da Palace

    Minnesota Landscape Arboretum of the University of Minnesota, Chaska, MN, 2010.
    Photographer: Todd Mulvihill.

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