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Stickwork: huge organic installations built to fall apart

Despite the incredible attention to detail that goes into these lovely, organic installations, their greatest mystery and beauty is found in the way they break down over time. These gorgeous fairy cocoon houses by Patrick Dougherty have a tiny life-span of just three weeks. Short and sweet, they’ve appeared everywhere from urban Washington DC to the green shores of Dingwall, Scotland.

Inspired by the house he made from natural materials, such as stone, branches, and old timber at the age of 28, Dougherty has made over 200 delicate Stickwork sculptures in the 25 years that followed.


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