Stickwork: The Magnificent Seven

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Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks, North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty creates works of art inseparable with nature and the landscape. With a dazzling variety of forms seamlessly intertwined with their context, his sculptures evoke fantastical images of nests, cocoons, cones, castles, and beehives. Over the last thirty years, Dougherty has built more than 300 works throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia that range from stand-alone structures to a kind of modern primitive architecture--every piece mesmerizing in its ability to fly through trees, overtake buildings, and virtually defy gravity.

Patrick’s latest installation, The Magnificent Seven, was constructed in November 2019 at the Garden for all visitors to enjoy. Wander through the seven rooms of woven sticks and twigs, peer through the windows and skylights, and let your imagination run wild!

Constructed on-site using locally sourced materials and local volunteer labor, Dougherty's sculptures are tangles of twigs and branches that have been transformed into something unexpected and wild, elegant and artful, and often humorous. Sometimes freestanding, and other times wrapping around trees, buildings, railings, and rooms, they are constructed indoors and in nature. As organic matter, the stick sculptures eventually disintegrate and fade back into the landscape.