When you played outside as a kid, you probably tried your hand atbuilding something a house, a car, a magical castle out of the twigs and sticks lying around the yard.It was a fun pastime for the afternoon, but did you ever wonder what would happen if you took things a bit further?
Artist Patrick Dougherty did. The North Carolinabased sculptor and installation artist creates huge, complex sculptures using sticks, branches, and even saplings, twisting, weaving, and forming them into organic-looking structures that would not look out of place in a fairy story.
For 30 years, Dougherty has created some 250 installations featuring these structures. He’s inspired by the instinctual building of shelters by animals, as well as the creative exploration of children. His pieces resemble rounded and knobbly huts that look like they could house a wise and mystical creature.
Dougherty was working as a hospital administrator when he returned to the University of North Carolina wanting to learn sculpture and pursue it as a career. He started exploring the use of sticks and branches, and the rest was history.
Nature inspires all kinds of artists with all kinds of styles, from delicate and meticulous portraits created with flowers and leavesto larger, more substantial pieces like Dougherty’s.
Take a look at some of the amazing things he’s created!
[H/T: Lost At E Minor]