Archived Exhibitions

Topiary with a Twist: Patrick Dougherty

Dougherty, from Chapel Hill, N.C., has made a name for himself worldwide with his towering outdoor sculptures fashioned from tree saplings. Since 1980, Dougherty has constructed more than 200 sculptures, making his mark in Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, England, France, Denmark, and Austria, and all across the United States. 

He designs his arching, nest-like pieces to flow into their landscapes and surroundings — even using saplings from the very community where he builds the piece.




Elm & dogwood tree sapling sculpture, 17 feet high, 45 feet wide

The Mulvane invited Dougherty to design and build an original, site-specific sculpture on the grounds of the Museum. What resulted was a whimsical woven creation large enough for people to stroll through. The mighty masterpiece will last roughly two years before the saplings become brittle, at which time the materials will be returned to the earth.

November 2009 – July 2012

Building took place Nov. 2 – 20, 2009

See it on YouTube 


Museum Virtual Tours
Visit some past exhibits like the Art of the Brick or see the Topiary with a Twist sculpture on the Museum's front lawn in Washburn at Night.

Educator Resources
Stickwork Curriculum Guide
Twist & Turn Curriculum Guide

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Building a site-specific sculpture on the grounds of the Mulvane Art Museum.