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A film by Penelope Maunsell and Kenny Dalsheimer

Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty’s process,  personal story and inspirations.

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Documentary  •  2012  •  54 minutes   •  HD  •  16×9  •  English

Bending Sticks celebrates Patrick Dougherty’s majestic art and explores how childhood fascinations feed the soul of this amazingly prolific and insightful artist. After over a quarter century of building stick sculptures of beauty, mystery and organic power in communities around the world, Dougherty has established himself as one of America’s great living environmental artists. 

The heart of Bending Sticks is the creation of five Dougherty commissions – inside the new wing of the NC Museum of Art, on Main Street in Rock Hill, SC, at a private home in Chapel Hill, NC, at the Bascom Art Center in the NC mountains, and at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. At each site viewers marvel at how Dougherty and others transform piles of sticks into energetic lines and expressive forms.