The Australian Premiere of Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty was held at Fed Square in October 2012 and remained on show until February 2013.
As part of Fed Square’s 10th Birthday Celebrations, Fed Square and Creative Production Services commissioned this new work by Dougherty, whose enormous, expressive sculptures are woven from vast quantities of willow tree saplings and sticks.
Over three weeks, Patrick Dougherty weaved and bent more than ten tonnes of willow into an incredible sculpture using just gloves and a pair of secateurs.
The initial inspiration for this piece came from Dougherty’s visit to the Indigenous collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in November last year, but the shape of the final work was inspired by the architecture of Flinders Street Station and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Patrick has affectionately named this Stickwork, ‘Ballroom’.
In Victoria, willow is classified as weed and its dense canopy, invasive roots and heavy leaf fall can smother creeks, effect water quality and flow and reduce habitat for fish and platypus in waterways throughout Victoria. An estimated $2 million is spent annually on managing willows, which are often replaced with native species that benefit the health of waterways.
Stickwork is the latest addition to Fed Square’s Creative Program, with recent works including Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest in February and the magical web installation of Tape Melbourne by Numen/For Use.
Sponsored by Melbourne Water who have also supplied raw materials cleared from key water catchment areas. Raw materials also supplied by Cricket Willow – a fifth generation family business in Shepherds Flat that has been making cricket bats for more than 100 years.