What I took home from this international artist’s presentation was a scaled-down observation: Remember that the garden does not have to be all flowers and foliage. A garden display may be enhanced by the careful placement of one art object to broaden the mood of a landscape. Here are some inspiring highlights of Dougherty’s work*:
Double or Nothing (2011)
Tana Libera Tutti/Home Free (2011)
River Vessels (2010)
River Vessels, In Process (2010)
Just Around the Corner (2003)
Call of the Wild (2002)
A multitude of materials other than plants can personalize an underdeveloped garden area on a grand or small scale. The addition of seating areas with ornamental items, fountains that offer soothing sounds and artistic character, architectural elements, and fine art objects for outdoor spaces will upgrade that portion of the landscape, even in the wintertime.
Patrick Dougherty At Work
Sculpture in the Parklands in County Offaly, Ireland; Photo Credit: James Fraher.
Stickwork, a book by Patrick Dougherty, includes more than 200 pages of photos plus text by Patrick Dougherty with anecdotes and insights into his methods and his art. His DVD, produced by Rich Butterfoss for Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, has won several awards including the “Best Arts Documentary” at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2008. Both items are available at stickwork.net.
*Note: Images used with permission from Patrick Dougherty. Some of the professional photographs featured were cropped to accommodate this gallery. View original photos and additional images at stickwork.net.