The Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Mass.) has commissioned internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty to create a site-specific installation of his Stickwork sculptures.
In the museum's first major outdoor installation, a cadre of about 50 volunteers will help Dougherty build the improvisational installation. Made entirely of saplings, it will be constructed on the lawn of PEM’s historic Crowninshield-Bentley House in downtown Salem. It will be completed on May 23 and ready for exploration by visitors for about a year.
Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty is part of the museum's Present Tense initiative, which seeks to expand the museum’s engagement with the most vibrant creators and critical minds of our time.
Blurring the line between architecture, landscape design, and sculpture, Dougherty’s installation--situated one block from the museum’s main entrance--will provide a dramatic counterpoint to the highly finished wood-frame Crowninshield-Bentley House that dates to the early 18th century. The saplings (which include varieties of linden, Norwegian maple, and beech) will be responsibly harvested from areas on the North Shore with the guidance of a local arborist. Due to the organic material and outdoor setting, Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty is a temporary installation.