I had the pleasure of assisting Patrick with his installation here in Ithaca in 2006. (Patrick, me, and Natalie working on 6 of 1, right.) And all I can say is that he is even nicer than the article portrays him. His works rely a lot on volunteer labor and Patrick is a master at involving people in the process.
He also has a new book out, Stickwork. Says the Times:
It’s full of installation tales, like the time he camped in a Japanese temple while working on a piece and was warned by his host about the poisonous but sacred snakes that lurked there. “Don’t kill them,” Mr. Dougherty recalled the host saying. “If one bites you, call my wife and she will take you to the hospital.”
It’s definitely on my wish list this year.