Inside a Birdhouse ~ Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork!

Patrick Dougherty Stickwork Peabody Essex -5 w ©Kim Smith 2015Today driving along Route 1A I passed the fabulous and fantastic Patrick Dougherty enormous two-story tall birdhouses in the midst of downtown Salem. I did a double take and turned around. They are simply extraordinary. Although a work in progress, it must have been lunch break because the site was empty of people. I would have loved to have met the artist and see the volunteers at work but it was a magical experience to walk through and around the birdhouses with no one present. Especially captivating was peering out from the round windows towards the passersby from inside the structures–evoking the feel of being a bird in its nest. GO SEE!!!!

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Looking up through the skylight.

“Stickwork” by Patrick Dougherty is under construction, with the help of local volunteers, through May 23rd. The finished structures will remain on the grounds of the Crowninshield-Bentley House for one year. The Crowninshield-Bentley House is located at the corner of Essex and Washington Streets and is owned by the Peabody Essex Museum. “Stickwork” is the first environmental art installation under the museum’s Present Tense Initiative. For more information visit pem.org/stickwork.

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The birdhouses are made of saplings from unwanted wood such as Norway maple and buckthorn.

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2 thoughts on “Inside a Birdhouse ~ Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork!

  1. In case you hadn’t heard, there is an important connection with Gloucester here – Matt Natti, our very own tree, stick and everything arboristic guru – Matt has his own tree and landscaping business on Cape Ann and the North Shore, (http://nattitree.com) – has been involved helping source the materials for this project. Matt’s wife Janet works at PEM and has been equally involved, as have the youngest Natti, Little Miss Isabella and her pooch Booger. (http://connected.pem.org/bravingtheelements/) Can’t wait to see the finished works in person myself!

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  2. Wow. I have to go see these. I’m a big fan of Andy Goldsworthy, and these look like they are right up that alley.

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