Patrick Dougherty: Where Art Meets Gardens

In all the years I’ve been going to Dumbarton Oaks I’ve never seen them present an artist’s garden installation.  That is until now.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

Patrick Doughterty’s extraordinary organic vision in “Easy Rider” is like walking into a Lewis Carol dream.  For Dumbarton Oaks, it’s hide and seek match made in heaven.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

Doughterty, who is mostly known for his work with woven saplings, is my favorite garden artist.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

His work is wistful and yet solidly constructive within its structure.  This can especially be seen in the photo below which I took a few months ago before the rows of hornbeams filled in.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

Watching Dougherty’s construction process has been fascinating.  First he collected his saplings and planted them stiff in the ground.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

He built scaffolding to lift him high enough to weave the branches up into the hornbeans.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

According to Dumbarton Oaks he refers to these sculptures as running figures that pursue one another within the ellipse.

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

His work is on view until the end of Spring, so I would visit while there is still time.  Summer is fast approaching : )

Patrick Dougherty: Easy Rider Photo © Britt Conley

For more information on Dougherty’s work visit www.stickwork.net

For more information on Dumbarton Oaks visit http://www.doaks.org

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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