THE WILD RUMPUS: A STICKWORK SCULPTURE BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY
We are extremely grateful to internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty, and his team of volunteers, for creating his latest towering Stickwork installation at Tower Hill Botanic Garden: The Wild Rumpus.
Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves, and flexes locally sourced saplings into architectural sculptures which are unique to the setting and dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has built more than 250 of these works. His award winning sculptures have been seen worldwide — from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States. “Here at Tower Hill we strive to show our visitors the value of plants and the impact nature can have on our lives,” said Tower Hill interim CEO Suzanne Maas. “We’re thrilled to experience Patrick Dougherty’s works up close and to see the power of plants through his unique perspective.” Learn more about his installations at Tower Hill.
ABOUT PATRICK DOUGHERTY
Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Dougherty uses rudimentary building techniques to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. His first work, titled “Maple Body Wrap,” was included in the 1982 North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show titled “Waitin’ It Out in Maple” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works, which required saplings by the truckloads.
His sculpture has been seen worldwide and he has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Dougherty and his work in 2009. For more information on Dougherty, visit www.stickwork.net.
The Stickwork is spectacular and attracting writers, photographers, and visitors from near and far. Media organizations from around the country published an article by the Associated Press on Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s new Stickwork exhibit. The artist, Patrick Dougherty, has created original larger-than-life installations from twigs and saplings at more than 270 locations around the world.
The New York Times, the Seattle Times, Salon.com, and Washington Post were among the more than two dozen media outlets who published the AP article for their readers.