With Spectacular Stick Sculptures by Patrick Dougherty, Art and Nature Collide (Slideshow)


Sculptor Patrick Dougherty's "Sortie de Cave / Free At Last" (2008) at the Jardin des Arts, Chateaubourg, France. Photo credit: Charles Crie.

For sculptures that start out as scrap and end up as compost, Patrick Dougherty's nest-like works are intensely full of life, sprawling out across lawns, reaching into treetops, and winding up stairs.

His works around the world are all shaped from sustainably harvested tree twigs and saplings -- sometimes thousands of tons worth -- and woven together with the help of volunteers, but without any nails, wire, or other hardware, relying only on the materials' own natural propensity to entangle and intertwine.

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