Local sticks star in Patrick Dougherty’s 300th “Stickwork” installation at Chatfield Farms

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Since the early 1980s, artist Patrick Dougherty has delved into the relationships between structure and the natural world through his “Stickwork” installations. Each of his works, labyrinths of curved branches coalesced into cubes or castles, is unique to the space where it was built.

His 300th work is nearly ready for public enjoyment at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield Farms, a curling network of hallways and tunnels meant to evoke the coils of a rattlesnake. Like many of his other projects, this installation embodies a lot of local influence: bendy willow branches collected from the region.

Read the full story, along with some amazing pictures, @ Denverite. 

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