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.

More on Environmental Art
What the Heck is Eco-Art? 10 Ways to Appreciate It
Amazing Land Art by Andrew Rogers (Slideshow)
'Aesthetic Power Plants' to Make Energy from Art
Man and Nature: Art in the Age of Climate Change
How Can Eco-Art Inspire Change?
An Ice Artist's Poignant Plea to Halt Global Warming
8 Amazing Environmental Artworks (Slideshow)
Top 5 Environmental Artists Shaking Up the Art World
Chicago's Columbia College Hosts Challenging Environmental Art Show

Tags: Arts | North Carolina


treehugger slideshows