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

Jennifer Hattam

Jennifer Hattam
Living / Culture
August 6, 2010

'Call of the Wild,' Washington

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Sculptor Patrick Dougherty's vibrant, nest-like works are 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, Dougherty creates what the San Francisco Arts Commission calls "a joyful and exuberant collision of art and nature."

"Call of the Wild" (2002) at the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, Washington. Photo credit: Duncan Price

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