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Patrick Dougherty  Chapel Hill, NC

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About Patrick

Combining his carpentry skills with his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material.

In 1982 his first work, MapleBodyWrap was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one person show entitled, Waiting It Out In Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments which required saplings by the truckloads. During the last two decades, he has built over 150 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

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"I have long admired the ambitious work of my fellow North Carolinian, Patrick Dougherty. Through his creations, art becomes part of the landscape and mingles with architecture in urban and rural settings as well as inhabiting interior and exterior human environments. These works inspire wonder and fascination because their placement forces the viewer to reassess the overall context, use and function of the spaces in which the works are sited. He also has a beautiful website with wonderful images, videos and interviews."

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This artist is amazing... I found great pictures of Patrick Dougherty creations in Art Days, here is the link! Enjoy! :)

His work is not as fragile as it looks. You can lean on the structure or even sit in the window sill. :) They remind me of the homes in "Where the Wild Things Are" the movie. Modern yet ancient. Timeless.

im glad someone could learn how to use the raw materials around them to make a eye catching peice of art work. I also agree that its very refreshing to see.

This sort of work would be amazing in the Royal botanical gardens in Burlington, On. They have an Earth art exhibit in the spring/summer months.

I know Patrick. My mom's best friend is his wife, Linda. And his son, Sam, goes to my school.

This is a great and beautiful work, its very Land Art,one of my favourite art moviments, i share the same love with nature, so when i see something relaty with my passion and very well done, i only have to say: thanks for sharing your vision and keep with the good artwork.

Simply (or not so simply) amazing. ;-)

Thats just awesome.

Totally fantastic!! I haven't seen this before and I simply love it. I want to live in a Patrick Dougherty house on a tropical island!! ;)

The work seems so connected and earthy. It would be lovely to experience some of his stuff in person.

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