American environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who known as the “Stickman”, uses tree branches to create giant architectural structures which dynamically relate to the landscape and environment around them. Within last 30 years he has created more than 250 artworks throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
The raw materials for building these incredible constructions collected by area volunteers.
“I think that part of my work’s allure is its impermanence, the life cycle that is built into the growth and decay of saplings. My focus has always been the process of building a work and allowing those who pass to enjoy the daily changes or drama of building a sculpture as well as the final product. However, the line between trash and treasure is thin, and the sculptures, like the sticks they are made from, begin to fade after two years. Often the public imagines that a work of art should be made to last, but I believe that a sculpture, like a good flower bed, has its season”, said Patrick Dougherty.
All Images © Patrick Dougherty