"Taking the chance that it could fail, it could get out of hand, something could go wrong and (I could) make a big blooper in a public space â€” that adds to the excitement," Patrick Dougherty says. But, to date, he hasnâ€™t had any big mishaps. Courtesy of David C. Calicchio.
Dougherty built "Childhood Dreams" as an installation in 2007 in Phoenix. Courtesy of Adam Rodriguez.
Dougherty built "Uff Da Palace" in 2010, in Chaska, Minn. Courtesy of Todd Mulvihill.