Patrick Dougherty's "Twisted Sisters"

February 27, 2010 — About a year and a half ago, I wrote about stumbling upon a strange work of art at Brown University in Rhode Island called Square Roots. It was a building-sized series of hollow geometric shapes made out of thousands of dried and woven tree saplings. It had doors and windows, and one could walk right through it. At the time, I threw around words like hobbit-like and Ewokian. These days, I can throw around Wild Things-like, and be a lot closer to the mark, even if that gives you images of Neve Campbell and Denise Richards in a pool. After researching the artist, Patrick Dougherty, I decided I'd try to check out some of his work on purpose.

Last year, I found two more of his fantastical creations, Twisted Sisters, on the campus of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and So Inclined at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. Twisted Sisters was erected in September of 2008. Due to the temporary nature of these structures, there's a good chance neither one is still standing. And, at the very least, if  that guess is not true now, it will be soon. However, his website is a good source for pictures of his past works and for learning where new works are being installed.

Other OTIS visits to Patrick Dougherty sculptures:


  1. Twisted Sister is still in great shape at Wheaton College - went by there yesterday and was amazed by the structure. Nice to read the history behind it! Thanks,
    ~ Judy

  2. Awesome. Thanks for the update, Judy. Everybody should definitely go see it, then.

  3. Just went inside of this yesterday! Still there and still is in very good shape. By the way, Wheaton College is beautiful! Love it.

  4. Twisted Sisters is no longer standing at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. It was taken down due to structural damage in 2012 I believe.