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.
Short Cut, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
Ruaille Buaille (Highjinx), Sculpture in the Parklands, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Garden of the Arts Chateaubourg, France
Catawampus, Los Angeles County Arboretum, Los Angeles, California
DePauw University Installation, Greencastle, Indiana