Reel South: Bending Sticks

About This Episode


Bending Sticks celebrates the 25-year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations.

The heart of the film is the creation of five Dougherty commissions: inside the new wing of the NC Museum of Art; on Main Street in Rock Hill, SC; at a private home in Chapel Hill, NC; at the Bascom Art Center in the mountains of NC; and in the gardens of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. At each location, viewers see how Dougherty and others transform piles of sticks into energetic lines and exuberant forms. Dougherty’s projects invite collaboration and engage communities in the making and viewing of his very public art.

Reel South is a collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF).