Artist Finds Himself in Sticky Situation

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Creating a sculpture that's two stories tall isn't a one-day kind of activity, especially when that sculpture is made out of tree branches.

Guest artist Patrick Dougherty has been in the garden of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau for more than a week working on his art, and he's only halfway done.

The North Carolina native has been creating stick sculptures for 20 years. He says he's discovered what animals have always known: sticks are great building materials and great for what he calls installation art.

"A good sculpture elicits a lot of personal feelings and many times people remember their childhood or remember a bird nest they've seen or perhaps some experience they've had with the woods."

It seems this is one sculpture where its bark is bigger than its bite, but if you haven't had a chance to see it yet, there's plenty of time. Museum workers hope to keep it up for a year and a half.