ART In Vail Press Releases

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Installation


Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator
970.479.2344 /

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Installation Build
June 4 – 22, 2018 Vail, CO


(Vail, CO) - After several years of planning, the Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places welcomes renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty to Vail on Monday, June 4. The artist will work daily (except June 16 & 17) through June 22 to create a monumental Stickwork installation in Ford Park. Nestled between the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, it will be highly accessible for all to enjoy.

Over this three week period, volunteers from around Colorado, Utah, and as far as New Hampshire are participating in the build. Materials for the installation have been collected from a private ranch property in Leadville, Sylvan Lake State Park, and various construction sites around Vail. We invite the public to enjoy the progress of this installation build during this time.

Programs during the installation:

Monday, June 18th - Patrick Dougherty - Artist Presentation and Book Signing
Donovan Pavilion - 1600 S Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657
5:30 p.m. – Doors Open
6:00 p.m. –Slide Presentation followed by Book Signing
Event is free. Books available for purchase. SPACE IS LIMITED. First come, first served.
The artist will discuss his career spanning 35 years in celebration of his installation in Vail’s Ford Park.

Tuesday, June 19th – Create your own Stickwork birdhouse!
Alpine Arts Center – Willow Bird House Sculptures $20
2:30 p.m. Meet at the Patrick Dougherty installation site for a preview of Stickwork
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Class will take place in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center, Ford Park

Friday, June 22nd – Opening reception!
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. - Community celebration and ribbon cutting at the installation site in Ford Park! Enjoy complimentary picnic refreshments, snow cones, popcorn and live music.

Through July 9th – Photography Exhibition
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center, Ford Park
An extensive photography exhibition is on view highlighting the artist’s 35 year career.

To arrange an interview with the artist, please contact:
Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places Coordinator, Town of Vail, 970.479.2344/

Photo credit: Summer Palace (2009) Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Photo : Rob Cardillo