Installed on Walton Arts Center's Tyson Plaza in May 2012
Dismantled in May 2014 and repurposed as mulch

2012, Patrick Dougherty

“Sticks are something we all have in common. Everybody knows sticks - the twigs and branches picked up on grandfather's farm; the branches woven in grandmother's basket. Somewhere threaded in all the public mass is a common thread, and that thread is the human spirit.” – Patrick Dougherty

As part of the 2012 Artosphere: Arkansas' Arts & Nature Festival, Patrick Dougherty, with the help of nearly 100 community volunteers and Walton Arts Center staff, created a site-specific cluster of 7 "dramatic figures" that welcome guests into the west entrance of Walton Arts Center.  The structures were created using locally harvested saplings (taken from wooded lots where clearing of saplings would help the growth of the forest).


Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. Beginning about 1980 with small works, fashioned in his backyard, he quickly moved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental site-specific installations that require sticks by the truckload. To date he has built over two hundred such massive sculptures all over the world and received numerous awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and NEA Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major survey of Patrick and his work in a 2009 book entitled Stickwork.

His home base is his handmade house of log in Chapel Hill, NC where he lives with his wife Linda and son Sam.


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Kyle Kellam’s of Ozarks at Large interviews Patrick Dougherty. Listen Here

NYTimes Article: Building With Sticks and Stones