Morris Arboretum Welcomes Patrick Dougherty in 2019


Internationally acclaimed artist, Patrick Dougherty will be an artist-in-residence at the Morris Arboretum for three weeks, March 12-29, 2019. During this time he will work with volunteers and staff to design a unique, site-specific piece of art from twigs, saplings, branches and sticks that takes shape as he designs it, inspired by the garden’s surroundings. Construction involves all woven materials without the use of nails or other supportive hardware. Each sculpture is named after it is designed. Dougherty’s work runs the artistic gamut, ranging from tall wispy towers to playful abstracts. In all, he has created more than 200 pieces since 1985.

Patrick Dougherty first came to the Morris Arboretum to create one of his stick sculptures in April of 2009. The piece he created was a 26 foot high sculpture called The Summer Palace, reminiscent of Russia’s Byzantine architecture.

By popular request Patrick Dougherty returned in 2015 to create A Waltz in the Woods, seven inter-connected towers that thrilled adults for its drama, and children as the ultimate hide-and-seek adventure as they ran in and out of the 25-foot-tall towers.

As Morris Arboretum began planning for its next exhibit in 2019, Patrick Dougherty was at the top of the list. The location for Patrick’s newest creation will once again be the Madeleine K. Butcher Sculpture Garden which has perfect site lines from various spots in the garden.

No one knows what the newest creation will be, but Morris Arboretum invites visitors to come see Patrick Dougherty at work, weekdays from March 12-29. The finished piece opens on Saturday, March 30, 2019. It is supported by the Madeleine K. Butcher Fine Arts Endowment.  For more information about Patrick Dougherty,

Morris Arboretum is one of more than 30 Philadelphia gardens in America’s Garden Capital. This 92-acre horticultural display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape.  The official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, effective 1988, Morris Arboretum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and accredited by the American Association of Museums.  For more information, visit:

Photo Credit:  Rob Cardillo

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