Chapel Hill sculptor Patrick Dougherty is featured in The New York Times in the Home and Garden section (Oct. 6). The 65-year-old environmental sculptor uses tree saplings to construct monumental woven cocoons that flow through trees, over walls and up the sides of buildings, assuming fantastic shapes that seem to grow out of their surroundings and create a playful new universe in their place.
The profile highlights his “startling and delightful pieces” and his new monograph-memoir, Stickwork. The Times story also features 17 photographs of his home and work. The book, published by Princeton Architectural Press, includes 200 pages of photos, 38 works plus text by Dougherty with insights about his work that fuses art and architecture.
The two-time North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship winner has built more than 200 massive natural wood sculptures all over the world, including Hawaii, Ireland, Denmark and Japan.
This is the second time Dougherty has made the national news recently. His book was featured in People magazine last month.
To read Building with Sticks and Stones, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/07/garden/07twig.html?_r=1.
To order a copy of the book, visit http://www.stickwork.net/.