Structure | “Head Over Heels” Stickwork

Branches and limbs that normally provide natural structure for native willows and Red Osier Dogwood were harvested…


to provide Structure for sculptures collectively titled- “Head Over Heels.” The installation is at Orenco Woods Nature Park in Hillsboro, Oregon.

During the Spring of 2017, artist Patrick Dougherty was assisted by a flock of 150 volunteers. Together, they spent over 1000 hours busy as birds during nesting season. With determination, they bent and twisted subtle sticks of all sizes into nest-like structures to create a wonderland of woodsy whimsies.


Although these creations are expected to last only 2-5 years, park visitors of all ages will enjoy the humor and playfulness these structures inspire.

Weekly Photo Challenge: August 30, 2017 | “Structure”


    1. Hello Irene,
      It’s funny to admit, but I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about these structures when I first saw them. However, they have a way of growing on a person. Now I am fond of them and laugh when I watch my grand-daughter gleefully run through them!

    1. That’s fun to imagine. I think they will need to be a tolerant sort of bird… kids of all ages romp about within these magical spaces!

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