In less than a month, the lower bench of Ford Park will serve as the setting for Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork installation. For over 35 years, the public has been mesmerized by his whimsical sculptural creations in botanical gardens, museum grounds, universities, and other settings around the world. Dougherty has honed his craft at bending and weaving natural materials into over 285 monumental interactive sculptures for an unforgettable experience.
"Since my 2017 August site visit to Vail, I have wonderful images in my mind, and I’m really looking forward to working there in June. With such a beautiful setting, it will be a joy to create a Stickwork sculpture to fit. Everyone, come on down and enjoy,” remarks Patrick Dougherty.
An extensive photography exhibition is now on view at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center showcasing the artist’s vast array of work. The images are accompanied with thoughtful insight by the artist. The exhibition is underwritten by Doe Browning and will run through July 9.
Additional programs around the installation may be found on www.artinvail.com.
Over the three week period, Dougherty's vision will be executed through a team of community volunteers. There are some afternoon shifts available for volunteers to assist from 1 pm - 5 pm.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities email firstname.lastname@example.org with Stickwork as the subject. Installation volunteers will be needed June 4 – 22. You may also call 970.479.2344.
Visit www.stickwork.net to learn more about Patrick Dougherty’s monumental installations.
Photo credit: Na Hale 'Eo Waiawi (2003) Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI Photo by: Paul Kodama
Art in Public Places Coordinator