Artists and their work come in many forms. But, you know art when you see it even when it is outside the box.
Those of us visiting SC were treated to a month of watching Patrick Dougherty, Brookgreen Garden’s Winter Sculptor in Residence, demonstrate how with a vision saplings, sticks, vines and twigs can come together to create a piece of environmental art.
The finished sculpture will be part of the Brookgreen landscape for as long as it stands.
Patrick Dougherty was born and raised in Oklahoma, earned a B.A. in English from University of North Carolina and a M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa.
He progressed from a single environmental sculpture in 1982 to large creations which required truck loads of saplings. Since the beginning, he has created over 250 structures around the US and in Canada, Scotland, Japan, France, Sweden, and Brussels.
He has received several awards, and his book, Stickwork which includes thirty-eight of his works can be viewed at www.stickwork.net. Or if you’d like to follow him on Facebook, he can be found at Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Doherty.
I know one thing – I’ll never look at a pile of sticks the same way again. 🙂