Combining carpentry skills with a love of nature, acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty weaves, bends, and flexes tree saplings, wooden sticks, and other locally harvested materials into playful architectural forms that suggest themes of shelter, environment, and sustainability.
As the Louis D. Beaumont Artist in Residence in the Sam Fox School this fall, Dougherty has led a "Masterclass in Art & Architecture: Stickwork on Campus." Co-taught with Ron Fondaw, professor of art, the class includes 16 students drawn from architecture, landscape architecture, and the visual arts, all of whom have assisted Dougherty in the design and construction of a monumental, as-yet-untitled sculpture. The completed piece, which took approximately three weeks to build, consists of two woven structures, the tallest of which rises approximately 20 feet in the air. The initiative was organized by Peter MacKeith, associate dean of the Sam Fox School, with funding provided by the Sam Fox School Dean's Office and the Colleges of Art and Architecture.
The dedication ceremony for the piece, which will take place at noon on November 21, is free and open to the public. The installation will remain on view through December 2013.
Based in Chapel Hill, NC, Dougherty has completed more than 200 such sculptures around the world. Stickwork, a monograph about his art, was released in 2010 by Princeton Architectural Press.