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At Pease Park: Step inside a magical village built with sticks

Staff Writer
Austin 360
The “Stickwork” sculpture by artist Patrick Dougherty is complete in Pease Park with a public opening scheduled for Feb. 10. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Kids rush through the portals and hang from the windows. Adults step gingerly on the packed mulch and move back to view the five tall curved, leaning structures that look like something from “Where the Wild Things Are” or “The Hobbit.”

“We let the kids in early,” says “Stickwork” artist Patrick Dougherty about his hamlet of sapling huts in Pease Park. “They weren’t sure that they were allowed to come in the gate.”

The scaffolding and fencing came down last week. Almost immediately, pictures of frolicsome visitors flooded social media, especially on fine days over the weekend. The official public unveiling of “Yippee Ki Yay,” however, won’t be until 1 p.m. Feb. 10, courtesy of the Pease Park Conservancy, the green space advocate that put together this project.

Read more about this project and how it came to Austin in a story on our premium website.