Stickwork, Patrick Dougherty's first monograph, features thirty-eight of his organic, dynamic works that twist the line between architecture, landscape, and art. Using minimal tools and a simple technique of bending, interweaving, and fastening together sticks, he creates works of art inseparable with nature and landscape. 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 times humorous. As organic matter, the stick sculptures eventually disintergrate and fade back into the landscape. Over the last twenty-five years, Dougherty has built more than two hundred 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.
Featuring a wealth of photographs and drawings documenting the construction process of each remarkable structure, Stickwork preserves the legend of the man who weaves the simplest of materials into a singular artistic triumph.
Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2010. 208 pages, color photographs throughout. Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-56898-862-7.