The Stickwork Story

In March 2017, internationally-acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty completed his first ever Oklahoma installation in downtown Tulsa in his first-ever Oklahoma installation.

Combining his love of nature and his talent of carpentry, Dougherty crafts larger-than-life sculptures from sapling branches he harvests locally. Patrick Dougherty has constructed nearly 300 sculptures in locales all over the world, and has won numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

This is the third temporary art installation by Urban Core Art Project (UCAP) in downtown Tulsa. As the centerpiece of UCAP’s community engagement venture, the Patrick Dougherty sculpture has attracted many dynamic partnerships and collaborations, and created inspiring new community connections. Chief among these is a partnership with the OU Urban Design Studio.

Participants have spent many months and countless hours designing physical and programmatic enhancements for Chapman Green that will help achieve the original vision – to make it a welcoming, engaging urban park.

Since 2012, the Urban Core Art Project has worked to bring life to downtown Tulsa. The organization specializes in the art of placemaking or introducing ephemeral public art to underutilized spaces to create a gathering area or a place for people to spend time.

Encouraging people to appreciate their surroundings in new ways has always been the goal, and with that comes measurable signs of revitalization—increased pedestrian traffic, improvements in the local economy, and renewed investment in Tulsa as a whole.


Thanks to our Donors and Partners

UCAP acknowledges generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Gerald H. Westby, Jr. Foundation, Mervin Bovaird Foundation, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, the Ruskin Art Club, River City Development, Promise Hotels, Gail and Kip Richards, and Abersons.

Community Partners include Up with Trees, OU Urban Design Studio, Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, Tulsa Community College, The University of Tulsa, Mental Health Association Oklahoma, First Presbyterian Church, Arts & Humanities Council, and the City of Tulsa.

Associate Partners include Land Legacy, Mayfest, 108 Contemporary, Tulsa Public Schools, and the Deco District.

Members of UCAP and partners stand with artists Patrick and Sam Dougherty. Left to right: Leigh Ann Moss, Joan Seay, Holbrook Lawson, Sam Dougherty, Patrick Dougherty, Ken Busby, Bob Sober, Hunt Hawkins