Patrick T. Dougherty

I first became aware of Patrick Dougherty’s sculpture and work during the Big Willow / Callanish Standing Stones inspired event and ensuing year (2006 to 2007) sponsored by the Scottish Basketweavers Circle (aka the Scottish BA). I last saw his work at the Palo Alto Arts Center, on a magical misty morning while the construction was ongoing and there were a number of volunteers working. It was early in January 2011.

The magic never seems to end with Patrick.

Patrick is based in North Carolina. His work is eloquently documented at, his web site. He is an American, but somehow the Scots seemed to take to him immediately.

He has worked on every location from the pollarded sycamore trees in front of City Hall at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza (2010) to creating a willow stroll / souk / dachau at the Palo Alto Art Center (2011/12), to conjuring Toad Hall in Southern California and points beyond (Hawaii, Scotland, France…). His work spans decades. He is a genius of collaborative coaching and big vision. A master.

Check him out! You will not regret it.


One response to “Patrick T. Dougherty

  1. that’s so weird palo alto arts commissioner terry acebo davis and i were in alameda yesterday and serendipitously found our way to the bridgehead gallery with mosaic by isiah zagar (who also did the painted bride in philly) and as i research this further, from the computers at palo alto main library, i find your blog about Isiah AND that you just posted about Patrick Dougherty, which I can see from where I sit, no, that’s a lie, but I will pass by it on my way to my car.

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