Artist Patrick Dougherty

I’ve been a big fan of this kind of artwork since starting Sow ‘n Sow and discovering the book Natural Architecture by Alessandro Rocca. And I have previously featured the amazing work of Mikael Hansen, one of the other artists featured in the book. But here’s some more incredible works, this time by Patrick Dougherty.

Patrick weaves tree saplings into incredible structures and he’s made over 200 massive site specific installations all over the world since the 80’s. This amazing man even lives in a handmade house made from old barn timber, fallen trees and rocks in North Carolina USA.

Patrick kindly sent me the link to this cool time lapse video of a recent work, well worth a watch!

Na Hale ‘Eo Waiawi, 2003. The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI. Photo Credit: Paul Kodama
Sortie de Cave/ Free At Last, 2008. Jardin des Arts, Chateaubourg, France. Photo Credit: Charles Crie
Childhood Dreams, 2007. Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez
Childhood Dreams, 2007. Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez
Closer Ties, 2006. Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo Credit: Fin Macrae
Call of the Wild, 2002. Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA.
Photo Credit: Duncan Price
Trail Heads, 2005. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Patarick Dougherty at Max Azria Melrose Avenue Boutique, Los Angeles, CA. Photo Credit: David C. Calicchio

Joost’s Greenhouse

I am pretty stoked to have caught Joost Greenhouse in Sydney over the weekend. The modular, recyclable construction is made out of an innovative steel framing system where the steel is printed and cut on-site, reducing waste and minimising transport emissions. Straw bales are used for insulation, the floor is made out of car tyres and the light fittings are glass jars. All materials can be re-used and given the temporary nature of the structure (it’s only in Sydney for 8 weeks) this is highly relevant! Best of all, the exterior is covered in luscious strawberry plants and the rooftop bar is bursting with herbs and vegetables which enjoy the best views in Sydney. All this put together creates an incredible bar, cafe and hub of eco friendly goodness.

We were lucky to catch Joost up there watering the plants which supply the kitchen – I nervously introduced myself but Joost was very friendly and chatted to us about the building and mentioned how buggered he was and how he has been invited to set up Greenhouses all over the world, amazing! That’s him in the photo above watering our soon-to-be lunch.

Joost is a big inspiration for me not only with his forward thinking ‘gardening not architecture’ ethos, but also for his amazing floral installations and the awesome Urban Crop. Here’s hoping Joost needs an apprentice and thinks of me when he does!

Wilkinson Residence

I have discovered the house of my dreams! Wilkinson Residence is in Portland, Oregon and was designed to feel a part of the natural landscape whilst also addressing the flow of music as the owner was a music lover.  Completed in 2004,  The house reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wrights Fallingwater which I had the privilege of visiting with my family when I was 15. Interestingly, Oshatz worked and studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. during summers and after completing his Architecture degree at Arizona State University. Oshatz established his own architecture firm Robert Harvet Oshatz Architects in 1971 and refers to his work as Organic Architecture and Green Sustainable Architecture.
An architect is an artist, creator, logician of evolving aesthetic structures; a designer of not only the visual but the internal space. I see architecture as a synthesis of logic and emotion, exploring and fulfilling the dreams, fantasies and realities of my clients, whether they are individuals, corporate, or community identities,” says Oshatz. 
There are many more inspiring words and photographs of Oshatz’s other residential and commercial projects on the Robert Harvey Oshatz Architecture website. Robert, I feel privileged that you took the time to respond to my email in giving me permission to use these photographs of your work. I will keep dreaming and perhaps one day you can design a house for me.

Photographs by Cameron Neilson