Internationally Acclaimed Sculptor Patrick Dougherty to Build Large-Scale Stick Sculpture at Highfield Hall & Gardens in June 2019
(Falmouth, Massachusetts) In June 2019, a one-of-a-kind stick sculpture by internationally acclaimed sculptor Patrick Dougherty will be built on the front lawn of Highfield Hall & Gardens. For three weeks in June, Dougherty will work with many of Highfield’s garden and community volunteers to construct his artwork on site. The large-scale Stickwork at Highfield will be open for exploration beginning June 30, 2019 during Highfield’s annual summer open house.
The design for Dougherty’s site-specific structure will be inspired during the creation process. Known for his whimsical, elegant structures made of woven branches, Dougherty toured the seaside village of Falmouth and Highfield Hall & Gardens this past summer to inform his preliminary design concepts. Saplings from a farm in upstate New York will be used to create the massive sculpture.
Due to the organic material and outdoor setting, the massive sculptural installation will be on view on Highfield’s front lawn for approximately two years for visitors and the community to enjoy. There will be numerous programs and special events to celebrate and embrace the creativity of this beautiful, interactive art.
“We are excited to bring to this world-renowned sculptor to Cape Cod for our community to experience,” said Nancy H. Porter, chair of the board of trustees and interim executive director of Highfield. “We love that Dougherty’s work combines art and nature, furthering our commitment to provide exhibitions that inspire and engage all ages. As a destination for outdoor exploration, Highfield’s gardens and wooded walking paths are the perfect complement to Dougherty’s rustic style.”
Visitors can learn more about Stickwork sculptures, including the process of building the structure, in an educational room located inside Highfield Hall.