ASHEVILLE — It’s impossible to overstate the wow-factor invoked by an astounding walk-through maze of willow-branch sculptures at the Biltmore Estate.

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It took stick sculptor Patrick Dougherty weeks to fashion the enormous "Stickwork" exhibit, using scaffolding, along with help from Estate staff.

Guests can walk through and around the large-scale artistic creations to admire their artistry and technical skill.

After laying out the footprint of the exhibit, Dougherty began the process of weaving the slender, flexible willow branches into a sturdy sculpture with large openings.

Dougherty has been a stick sculptor for 40 years, creating hundreds of other natural sculptures around the world. The stick sculptures are on display in the Antler Hill Village area through September. Estate admission required. www.biltmore.com.

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