Those whimsical stick huts in Pease Park? They have a name now


That whimsical mini-village of five stick huts in Pease Park?

The public art installation — immediate Instagram-fodder during the weeks it’s been under construction — finally has a name, Pease Park Conservancy officials just announced.

“Yippee Ki Yay”  has its official public unveiling 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 with a family-friendly celebration.

“Yippee Ki Yay” is the 288th of Patrick Doughtery’s “Stickwork” series of installations. For the past 30 years, Doughtery has methodically traveled from city to financially- sponsoring city enlisting legions of volunteer workers, Pied Piper-like, to build variations of his fanciful arrangements that typically resemble or suggest some kind of shelter.

Austin’s “Stickwork” is made entirely of locally-harvested saplings including depression willow and ash and the invasive species Ligustrum. “Yippee Ki Yay” will last about a couple of years before it starts to lose structural integrity, at which time the material will be mulched.

“Yippee Ki Yay” is just the latest public art initiative of the Pease Park Conservancy. In December, the conservancy welcomed David Deming’s monumental “Mystic Raven,” thanks to a partnership with The Contemporary Austin’s “Museum Without Walls” program.

“Yippe-Ki-Yay” in Pease Park, one of Patrick Doughtery’s “Stickwork” installations. Photos by Thomas McConnell, courtesy Pease Park Conservancy.

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