Gallery: Patrick Dougherty’s Mind-Blowing Nest Houses Made of Living Tr...

No, this isn't the work of some gigantic bird. The living art you see before you was actually done by man - more specifically, artist and branchbender extraordinaire Patrick Dougherty. Crafting human-sized nest houses made by actually weaving growing trees into the shapes of houses, cocoons, pagodas, huts, giant water pitchers and even people, Dougherty has traveled the world with his truly extraordinary sculptures. Click through our photo gallery for images of some of his coolest work.

Mr. Dougherty, who is now in his 60s, has a portfolio of over 200 amazing pieces from houses that look like a grove of trees to large pavilions that seem to have been built by a beaver. We call it art, but he calls it “stickwork.” That’s also what he named his book of thirty-eight of his most eye-catching these works which was published last year. Check it out here.

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  1. Ashley Marie Rivera April 30, 2014 at 3:28 am


  2. Ashley Marie Rivera April 30, 2014 at 3:27 am


  3. Pyrrhon Artlover January 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    This artist is amazing… I found great pictures of Patrick Dougherty creations in Art Days, here is the link! Enjoy! :)

  4. anthony moran February 9, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Hello Patrick,

    As a second generation arborist of over thirty years experience I stand in humble awe of your truely living sculptures. I actually train the arborists in our company in what I have dubbed Living Sculpture method of pruning. I now see what the terminology really means.

    With your permission, I would like to try and link this to our company Facebook page. You can visit our website at or contact me anytime at the email listed below.

    Thank you for creating these wonderful works,

    Anthony Moran

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