October 16, 2005

Enchanted Forest

stick house

I love the topsy turvy, wind tousled, enchanted-forest quality of Patrick Dougherty’s willow sculptures. Live-sized and halfway between a nest and a treehouse, the sculptures are probably the closest a sculptor can get to architecture. Whereas, the closest a interactive designer can get to architecture is a virtual walk-through. :(

“Dougherty’s works allude to nests, cocoons, hives, and lairs built by animals, as well as the manmade forms of huts, haystacks, and baskets, created by interweaving branches and twigs together. Many of his works look ‘found’ rather than made, as if they were created by the natural force of a tornado sweeping across the landscape. He intentionally tries for this effortless effect, as if his creations just fell or grew up naturally in their settings.”
— Linda Johnson, A Dialogue with Nature

Posted by Karen at October 16, 2005 06:53 PM in miscellaneous

I had the opportunity to see a Dougherty installation take form in Nirthern Maine. It was ‘98 and I was working with Phish on their Lemowheel Festival. I remember Patrick to be quiet, polite and quite attentive. Nice to see that he is still goin’ strong.

Posted by: MerchMikey at October 23, 2005 10:48 PM
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