Dougherty Exhibit       (closed)


More about Dougherty

Dougherty has created his “installation art” in over 200 venues throughout the United States and 17 other countries. He has received many awards and grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.  In a full-length article on the artist and his work, the New York Times (October 6, 2010) stated:


“At 36, he went back to school, straight into the graduate art program at the University of North Carolina, 10 minutes away. His first stick work, a man-size tangle of saplings made on a picnic table at home, startled his professors, he said. They thought ‘it was too complete for someone who’d been blundering around in the netherworld.’


“Since then, he has made well over 200 startling (and delightful) pieces for sites all over the world — woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around buildings. And in August, he was invited by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to make a piece for its centennial: you’ll find ‘Natural History,’ five winsome wind-blown pods that Mr. Dougherty described as ‘lairs for feral children or wayward adults,’ near the Magnolia Plaza there.”


Further information about Dougherty can be found at his web site,

Photo by Bill Franz

The Dougherty Exhibit

Acclaimed woven-wood artist Patrick Dougherty  installed a one-of-a-kind outdoor sculpture at Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark that was displayed from the Spring of 2011-December 2013.  With more than 1000 hours of help from local volunteers--as well as the expert assistance of Five Rivers MetroParks personnel--Dougherty created a nearly 200-foot-long tunnel that coils sinuously around Wegerzyn's North Plaza.  Woven entirely of willow branches that had been encroaching upon the fishing lakes at Englewood MetroPark, the sculpture had openings that invited the visitor to explore its rustic interior and to enjoy beautiful views of Wegerzyn's formal gardens.


The Dougherty Exhibit

Dubbed "A Wiggle in Its Walk," our serpentine sculpture is quite distinctive from Dougherty's past creations, which are reminiscent of nests, lairs, vessels, and mythic shelters. He took full advantage of the North Plaza's central location, clear visibility from four directions, strong geometric presence, and proximity to the Children's Discovery Garden.  The sculpture will remain standing until December 2013, after which the material will be transferred to Wegerzyn’s composting facility.


The sculpture has served to narrow the widening gap between the “plugged-in generation” and the natural environments by encouraging children to explore and appreciate the natural world and to recognize the need to preserve it.

Photo by Ed Lehman