Twiggy in the Woods.

Opening July 24th at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme Connecticut, is Patrick Dougherty’s newest twig sculpture exhibition.

Bedazzler | by Patrick Dougherty

Bedazzler | by Patrick Dougherty

InteriorDesign.net features Patrick’s work and reads… “Like all Dougherty projects, the Kansas one began with a site visit to determine exact location, in this case a patch of lawn around a giant American elm. Then he and a group of volunteers—professors, students, locals—trolled a sustainable forest for maple and dogwood saplings. Extra-large saplings were stuck in the ground vertically; smaller ones were woven horizontally. “When I started this art form, I discovered what birds already knew,” he notes. “Sticks have an infuriating tendency to entangle with one another. It’s this simple tangle that holds my work together.” No wire is ever required.

Toad Hall | by Patrick Dougherty

Toad Hall | by Patrick Dougherty

Combining his carpentry skills with his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, MapleBodyWrap was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one person show entitled, Waiting It Out In Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments which required saplings by the truckloads. During the last two decades, he has built over 150 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Call of the Wild | by Patrick Dougherty

Call of the Wild | by Patrick Dougherty

Just Around the Corner | by Patrick Dougherty

Just Around the Corner | by Patrick Dougherty

Trail Heads | by Patrick Dougherty

Trail Heads | by Patrick Dougherty

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