Patrick Dougherty: Stickwork

In today’s world with depleting natural resources and the growing negative impact of unplanned vertical urban expansion, perhaps delving into primitive architecture and planning techniques could hold the key to a more sustainable solution to our housing needs. As contemporary conservation education continues to gain importance and prominence as an inlet to professionals devoted to preserving, sustaining and creating, here’s the work of artist Patrick Dougherty as reposted from a blog I follow. Organic structures have always caught my attention, and this certainly extends the concept of an organic form in to the material itself. I can only imagine the cool inside on a sunny day, and the warmth on a cold winter’s day that these structures may have to offer if adapted into (viable) human settlements.

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Patrick Dougherty, Stickworld, largescale sculptures/huts made using twigs and branches Patrick Dougherty, Stickworld, largescale sculptures/huts made using twigs and branches Patrick Dougherty, Stickworld, largescale sculptures/huts made using twigs and branches Based in North Carolina, Patrick Dougherty has become noted for his amazing work with saplings and sticks which he uses to create fantastical, quasi-architectural structures that seem to evoke another time, place, or fantasy realm altogether. I ndividual sapling branches and sticks are woven together in windswept fashion, fitting in as if part of the natural landscape. Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, the artist began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. These works have evolved into largescale environmental pieces, requiring saplings and twigs by the truckload. Almost seems like a Hobbit should be peering out the door of some of these.

You can see Dougherty at work in the trailer for the film Bending Sticks, below, which documents his stickwork.

via Nashville Arts

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