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Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty
Opens March 4, 2022

Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty has captivated audiences around the world with its whimsical architecture and immersive designs made entirely from natural materials. Now, this novel art form is coming to the Huntsville Botanical Garden with a brand new installation of massive scale. Tucked away in the Garden and built from locally sourced sapling branches, the giant structure will twist and turn to create an interactive installation for visitors to explore freely. Like a portal to another world, Stickwork will offer guests of all ages a chance to play, imagine, and find inspiration in nature.

Stickwork will be open every day during regular Garden hours beginning March 4, 2022, and the experience is included with Garden admission.

About the Artist:

Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Dougherty was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture.

Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. Over the last thirty-some years, he has built over 300 monumental scale environmental works and become internationally acclaimed. His sculpture has been seen worldwide—from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States.

He has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Patrick and his work in 2009, which has received excellent reviews and is available for purchase on the Stickwork website.

To learn more about Patrick Dougherty and his work, please visit

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