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Yippee Ki Yay

Patrick Dougherty, a North Carolina-based artist, is known for creating whirling architectural sculptures from locally-harvested saplings. Dougherty and a team of over 200 Pease Park Conservancy volunteers constructed this site-specific installation using Baccharis neglecta (Roosevelt Weed) and Ligustrum, an invasive species, gathered in and around Austin. Yippee Ki Yay was privately funded by donations made to Pease Park Conservancy and was formally approved through the City of Austin's Art In Public Places program.

Dougherty says of his inspiration for the sculpture, “We didn’t build a cathedral, instead we borrowed its corners,” referring to the Spanish-Colonial style architecture he encountered during his time in Austin. The sculpture consists of five repeated corner shapes that can be explored through the maze-like passageways they create and the multiple viewpoints from their many entrances and windows. With the title, he also gives a nod to Texas cowboy culture that is much beloved across our state. The installation will remain on view for several years before being dismantled to be used as mulch in the park.

Patrick Dougherty: The Artist

Patrick Dougherty has completed hundreds of site-specific works around the world and with his original sculpture at Pease Park along Shoal Creek Trail his 288th piece. Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Dougherty was raised in North Carolina. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina in 1967 and an M.A. in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1969. Later, he returned to the University of North Carolina to study art history and sculpture.

Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, Maple Body Wrap, was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show entitled Waitin’ It Out in Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Patrick Dougherty,  Call of the Wild  (2002) Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. Photo: Duncan Price

Patrick Dougherty, Call of the Wild (2002) Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. Photo: Duncan Price

Patrick Dougherty,  Close Ties  (2006) Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo: Fin Macrae

Patrick Dougherty, Close Ties (2006) Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo: Fin Macrae

His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works that blend architecutre, landscape, and art, and which require saplings by the truckloads. Over the last thirty years, he has built hundreds of these works and has become internationally acclaimed. His sculptures have been seen worldwide—from Scotland to Japan to Burssels, and all over the United States.

Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Patrick and his work in 2009 titled Stickwork that features 38 of his works. He has also received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

Thank You To Our Yippee Ki Yay Supporters

City of Austin Development Services Department Urban Forest GrantThe Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation, Lynda Young Kaffie & Harris Kaffie, The Fentress Foundation, Harlon’s Fund, Warren Skaaren Charitable Trust, Ilene & Paul Barr, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division Community Initiatives Program, Debra Young Hatch & Rick Hatch, Carolyn Long, Richard Craig, Tracy DiLeo, Laura & Rex Bohls, Jill & Steve Davol, Suzanne & David Deaderick, Bill Head & Patricia Winston in memory of Betty Pace Peveto and Mary Sue Burks Anderson, Christine Cowden, Bettye Nowlin, Kimberly & Dan Renner, The MariBen Ramsey & Karen Kahan Fund, Patricia Albright, Rebecca Borchers, Marianne & Bill Dorman, Andrea Giles, Margy Kennedy, Jennifer & Ronnie Skloss, Gail & Rodney Susholtz, Andrew & Penne Peacock, A Friend of Pease Park, Kate Thompson, Suzette Connell, Molly Cumming, Julie & Bill Davis, Claire Goodrich in honor of Andrea & Rogan Giles, Anne Jarvis, Laura Sandefer, Mary Tally, Sandra Tomlinson, Jan Bullock, Bill Stutts, Laurie Humphreys, Lynn Boswell & Burton Baldridge, Ken Beck, Cecelia Small Cook, Laurel Daniel, Margie & Paul Gaudin, Dewitt Gayle, Milton J. Guiberteau, Bill Head, Catherine & Clark Heidrick, Murray Legge, Shanny Lott, Gail Newberry, Lori Nicholas, Alex Robinette, Milad Taghehchian, Ralph Underwood, Philip Whitworth, Lisa & Scott Zodin, Flannery Bope, Steve Davis, Laura Bryant, Deedee Reiley, Hatch Bailey, Jonathan Barona, David & Sara Belknap, Kristen & Ian Brown, Mollie Butler, Cornelia Clay, Polly Crongeyer, Cathryn Dorsey, Frederick Dure, Debra Espinosa, Jude Galligan, Shirley Gamble, Palmer Gilbert-Quaroni, Joel & Regina Goldstein, Ann Graham, Alison Green, Sarah Grubert, Tom Hauser, Adele Hazan, Richard Hazeltine, Clayton Hoover, Peggy Houser, Catherine Johnson, Tam Kiehnhoff, Robyn Leamon, Harriet Leavell, Jerry Levenson, Brian Magierski, Morris Matson, Melissa W. Miller, Liz Morphis, Spencer Morse, Jan Nix, Joanne F. Olsen, Jane Patterson, Louise & Peter Pincoffs, Bill & Jane Pollard, Richard Queen, Misty Reid, Kyle Reiley, Lora Reynolds, Farra Roessner, Michelle Slattery, Jessica Stamatopoulos, Kelly Stouse, Peggy & Don Ugent, Mary Vance, Cissy Warner, Laura & Tobin Wiegand, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Lisa Zapalac, Jodi Adams, Lisa Costigan, Elizabeth Kubala, Charles Peveto, Kaysie Sallans, Michelle Voss, Cynthia Wilcox, Paula Adamek, George Blake, Kelsey Brandenburg, Katie Burmeister, Claire Colombo, Dale Connally, Nancy Bea Cooper, Meredith Cummings, Lisa Harvell, Estelle Teel Jarvis, Lisa Jones, Mark Kendrick, Sarah Mack, Jace Masood, Larry McMahan, Sarah Moore, Kelley Newberry, Leslie Newberry, Deborah Ruffman, Lauren Tengler, Eleanor Vaughan, Judy Windler, Jean Works, Andy Gill, Annie Gunnlaugsson, Lance Utermark, Matt Evans, Amy Lambert, Chris Nigro, and Anissa Ryland

Thank you to our in-Kind Supporters

Jennifer's GardensAustin Tree ExpertsNewk's Eatery and the Dougherty Arts Center

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Professional services and project management for Stickwork provided by the Weingarten Art Group, a national art advisory firm based in Houston and New York

In accordance with the Pease Park Master Plan, as well as Imagine Austin and the Downtown Austin Plan, PPC is committed to enhancing the cultural environment at Pease Park. Public art is a powerful tool in raising community consciousness and reinforcing an authentic sense of place.