BOOK WEEK: Stickwork

Modern Decor

By Patrick Dougherty
Princeton Architectural Press 2010

There’s something quite nice about a book about an artist by an artist.  No miscommunication. No confusion. Just an amazingly talented visionary getting the opportunity to share his concepts and ideas for his work in his own words. The artist Patrick Dougherty, if you’ve ever seen anything he’s done, can unarguably be called talented. His works in nature with nature and against nature are all quite stunning, metaphorical and inspiring.

You’ll see plenty more of photos of his work in “Stickwork;” 200 pages, to be exact, along with text that he wrote himself explaining his process, his ideas, his thoughts and more. Patrick’s bio from his website: “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.”

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  1. Wyatt Speight Rhue

    Dec 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Wonderful NC artist

  2. Michael Crigler

    Dec 8, 2011 at 10:38 am

    This book looks awesome!

  3. Minna

    Dec 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Love this artist!

  4. Katrina

    Dec 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    This type of art is so neat to me. I would love to design a landscape with works like these

  5. Becky Nemetchek

    Dec 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Visions of Dr. Seuss….fascinating

  6. Kristin

    Dec 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Inspiring. Love the connection with natural materials.

  7. matt

    Dec 9, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Love books!!!

  8. shaheen

    Dec 10, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Book cover looks interesting. I’d like to see more of his work.

  9. Carl

    Dec 12, 2011 at 12:19 am

    love me some stick! erm…