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"Patrick Dougherty... weaves tree saplings into whirling, animated shapes that resemble tumbleweeds or gusts of wind." --The New York Times

"A very inspiring book, Stickwork could well have you out in the woods, coaxing your own twigs into a new creation." --mocoloco.com

"The photos are quite impressive and I can only imagine how incredible it is to see one of these pieces in person. I look forward to that day!" --book-by-its-cover.com

About the Author

Patrick Dougherty grew up in the woods of North Carolina and now lives in Chapel Hill.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568989768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568989761
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is beautiful. My only criticism is that the book is not big enough! These are amazing works and captured pretty well here, but the scale is not huge. Not being coffee table sized is nice in some ways, since there's some engrossing text that would be awkward to read curled up on the couch if this was larger. But you'll want more after looking at these. Can't wait to see one of Dougherty's pieces in person now.

Great descriptions by artist how works came into being and interesting anecdotes about each worksite's particular challenges and assets. Getting the back story, sort of a behind the scenes view, on each installation was fascinating and instructive. I loved knowing how the fire inspectors reacted to some of these sculptures in New York, and how a rough neighborhood on Melrose in Los Angeles got excited about a wall piece on a building there.

Also, as a person very curious about the logistics of projects like this, I was especially pleased to get some of the more technical aspects of construction, how gravity defying pieces were built on scaffolds or placed with cranes -- cool stuff.

I gave this book to my dad for Christmas, and after reading it, I now want a copy for myself. Will definitely give as a gift again. Great reaction. Patrick Dougherty is sort of the Billy Collins of stickwork, if I might use the comparison. Lyrical, haunting, whimsical, and transcendent. Don't miss!
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It is amazing to see what can be made with sticks! The author has created amazing (and humorous) sculptures out of simple sticks (which are actually young saplings) and nothing else. No glue, nails, screws or wire!

And the size of some of these sculptures is just massive! Very impressive! It's sad to think that these creations are not permanent, but as the author says, "The use of such ephemeral materials means that the sculpture has the same life cycle as the sticks themselves, and ultimately it disintegrates and fades back into the landscape, becoming mulch for new life." But it's nice to know they will live on in photographs. This book showcases 38 of his sculptures and provides the story behind each one.

I will never look at a stick the same way again. Well done Mr. Dougherty!
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I can't seem to get the book out of my husband hands. He is (and so am I) totally taken by this artist. Worth the purchase as it's inspiring and totally awesome. We look forward to the new installations and plan on visiting a number of the cities where they are erected. Krafty Crafty
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odd collection of fascinating works, so interesting to see some of the workings of a fertile imagination-and I always loved seeing natural materials used for art---after all, some of the best art is just right around us in fields, forests and seas!
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What is wonderful about this artist's work is the eerily-powerful presence it has. The pictures in this book convey their strange sentient delight. The pictures are large and numerous enough to appreciate this quality about them - flipping through the book is like a journey into a unique world, personal but strangely resonant. If you're attracted by the picture on the cover, the rest of the book won't disappoint you.
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I hadn't been aware of Patrick Dougherty's artwork until I saw him preparing an installation. Wonderful forms were emerging under his hands, saplings and twigs no longer evoked the trees they came from, but new, organic forms instead. Although this book lacks the physical presence, scale, and changing nature of the installation in progress, it still conveys some sense of the many different works Dougherty has created around the world.

Dougherty's materials never (or rarely) change: woven twigs and branches. A few other materials sometimes become involved, but only as stage-hands invisibly supporting the presentation, never as primary actors. Despite this uniformity of content, the installations' forms vary widely. Some evoke architecture, Russian domes perhaps, recast as works of nature. Others, like that cover image, suggest natural images struggling toward artifice.

Some of Dougherty's works bring Andy Goldsworthy to mind. By focussing on one idiom only, however, Dougherty creates complexity and subtlety that experience can bring. Though not nearly as well known, Dougherty's work deserves a wider audience.

-- wiredweird
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I live near Sarasota, Fla where Mr Dougherty recently created an installation and was thrilled to be able to see a work in progress. I loved the book and shared it with everyone in my life, at work and play. The photos were very clear and beautiful, the description of the process for each piece was so interesting, I loved it. thank you
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I purchased this book for my daughter who loves nature art. She was very pleased with it. I know it inspired her to create her own pieces. Amazon was the only vendor carrying this book at the time I needed it.
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