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Wood Artist's Rock Hill Installation to Be Part of Documentary Film

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 Dougherty's work here will be part of a documentary film project.
 The project will be the first film production to focus on the world-renowned artist's work.

Filmmaker Kenny Dalsheimer interviews Dougherty for
the Patrick Dougherty Documentary Film Project.
Jessica Reynolds, a Winthrop graduate student, works with
Dougherty on the installation.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty’s continuing work on a large-scale tree-sapling installation at York County’s new Community Performance Center will be included in a documentary film project about his career.

Filmmakers Kenny Dalsheimer (director, cinematographer and editor), Penelope Maunsell (producer/director and editor) and crew members visited the work site last week to take documentary footage of Dougherty’s progress on the installation, slowly taking shape as a series of five figure heads crafted from woven tree saplings. The crew also installed a time-lapse camera in the bell tower of First Presbyterian Church across from the Performance Center to gather footage for a time-lapse video. The filmmakers plan to return March 18-19 and have invited topiary artist Pearl Fryar to visit the site and participate in the documentary.

Shooting for the Patrick Dougherty Documentary Film Project (title pending) will continue through August, with filmmakers visiting the Rock Hill site as well as three installations in North Carolina. Funding pending, they also hope to document Dougherty’s New York Botanical Gardens installation this August. Post-production should begin this fall, according to Executive Producer Frank Konhaus, adding that fundraising continues for the project.

Once complete, the film will be submitted for public television broadcast as well as submitted to several film festivals, including Montreal’s International Festival of Films on Art, said Konhaus. Although Dougherty’s work has garnered worldwide acclaim and numerous commissions, this is the first film production to document “the incredible range” of this “important and unique artist,” Konhaus said.

Installation work at Rock Hill’s Community Performance Center began March 8 and will continue through March 25. Dougherty has worked with a number of volunteers, including Winthrop fine arts students, to create these impressive sculptures. 

Funded by ACE Projects at Winthrop, a privately funded outreach program, the Patrick Dougherty Installation Project is a partnership among the Arts Council of York County, the Rock Hill Old Town Association, Rock Hill’s Gallery Up, Winthrop and ACE Projects.

Dougherty began experimenting with woven tree saplings in 1980. Since then, he has constructed monumental sculptural installations throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The Chapel Hill, N.C., resident also has served as artist-in-residence at universities and museums across America.

For more information about Dougherty’s career, visit his website.

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