Stickwork Maestro PATRICK dougherty

Vail gets its own Stickwork

About Patrick (Bio from his website). Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Dougherty was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture.

Sticks and Manifestation of Art

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Art recently got elevated to a monumental scale here in Vail, Colorado.

When carpentry and nature mingle, art is born. The Stickwork team spent countless hours collecting saplings, sorting and burying them beneath snow piles in winter. These were later brought to the Ford Park in Vail to assemble into a masterpiece shelter.

Heaps of willow sticks were intricately woven and transformed into primitive structures of Art. Mere sticks it may seem but, these artwork shelters are firmly constructed and made very sturdy.

The curved sticks used in creating the refuge is so inviting because of its simplicity. And yet one cannot but wonder at its impressive architecture.

Thanks to the band of dedicated volunteers, residents, and visitors to Vail can enjoy these walk-through work of art. The longevity of these seven leaning masterpieces may extend up to two years.

Patrick Dougherty, the founder of Stickwork and architect of these monumental work of art over the past 35 years, has built over 285 Stickwork sculptures.

His creation has become internationally acclaimed and has spanned across the globe from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and much over the United States.

Patrick Dougherty
Stickwork at Ford Park in Vail, Colorado
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Walk-through Art
Intricately woven
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Stickwork Maestro - Patrick Dougherty

Bio from website:

Patrick Dougherty 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 Patrick and his work in 2009. This monograph, Stickwork, has received excellent reviews and is available at www.stickwork.net.

Download a copy of Patrick's CV

Download a complete list of Patrick's Installations

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Raj Manickam


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