ART In Vail Press Releases

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Environmental Installation


Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator
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Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Environmental Installation
Vail, CO in June 2018


Photo credits: A Waltz in the Woods (2015) / Morris Arboretum of UPA, Philadelphia, PA / Photo: Rob Cardillo

(Vail, CO) – The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places is greatly anticipating the arrival of renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty to create a Stickwork sculptural installation in Vail’s Ford Park this June. For over 35 years, the public has been mesmerized by his whimsical sculptural creations in botanical gardens, museum grounds, universities, and other settings around the world. Dougherty has honed his craft at bending and weaving natural materials into over 285 monumental interactive sculptures for an unforgettable experience.

Starting June 4th, the lower bench of Ford Park will be transformed over a three week period serving as the setting for Dougherty’s Stickwork sculpture. His vision will be executed through a team of community volunteers helping to create what will be an installation evoking Vail’s pristine surroundings and playful sensibility. The tactile sculptures will envelope viewers as they wander with wonder through the installation.

"Since my 2017 August site visit to Vail, I have wonderful images in my mind, and I’m really looking forward to working there in June. With such a beautiful setting, it will be a joy to create a Stickwork sculpture to fit. Everyone, come on down and enjoy,” remarks Patrick Dougherty.

“I became intrigued with Patrick Dougherty’s installations after seeing his work for my first time in 2009 at the Museum of Outdoor Arts in Greenwood Village, CO. I immediately reached out to the artist inquiring about an installation for Vail. Needless to say, after having experienced five Stickwork installations from Virginia to California, I am greatly anticipating his work for Vail,” explains Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator Town of Vail.

“It was a wonderful experience working with Patrick in Florida at McKee Botanical Gardens and helping to build The Royals. We all worked together under Patrick’s guidance. If you get the opportunity to help build by all means do it,” comments a Stickwork volunteer from Vero Beach, FL.

Programs around the installation will be found on The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens will be hosting a photography exhibition showcasing the artist’s work in the Education Center in conjunction with the installation from May 1 through July 9th also located in Ford Park.

Visit to learn more about Patrick Dougherty’s monumental installations.

*Call for volunteers: To learn about volunteer opportunities email with Stickwork as the subject of your email. Installation volunteers will be needed June 4 – 22.