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Crafted and installed in Antler Hill Village, this unique-to-Biltmore, large-scale outdoor sculpture entitled Free as a Bird is a wondrous combination of Patrick Dougherty’s carpentry skills and love of nature. Over the last three decades, this internationally-acclaimed artist has built over 300 of these works, which have captivated the hearts and imaginations of viewers worldwide.

Image: Free as a Bird (2021) Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village, Asheville, NC, U.S.
Photo: Rachael McIntosh.

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04/01/2021 - 01/09/2022




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Creation of Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird (2021) Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina
Photo: Rachael McIntosh

Renowned stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty creates Free as a Bird in Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village.

Scaffolding plays a key role as artist Patrick Dougherty’s Free as a Bird sculpture takes shape.

Inside the artwork: Patrick Dougherty builds Free as a Bird.

An accomplished stickwork artist in his own right, Patrick’s son Sam Dougherty helps bring a vision to life.

Patrick Dougherty immersed in his work: creating Free as a Bird at Biltmore.

The inspiration for the sculpture’s title, Free as a Bird, this mockingbird was a frequent visitor to the artist’s work throughout construction.

Artist Patrick Dougherty applies the finishing touches to this work.

Another admirer of the artist’s large-scale natural sculpture, this morning dove enjoys a peaceful perch.