The stories about the magical and mystical folklore of King Arthur comes from the area of Cornwall, in the Southwest of England. However, the ones who love and appreciate this mystical garden, Lost Gardens of Heligan, started a project within 200 acres in order to renew the garden.
Amidst all, a unique sculpture stands as a major attraction site in the Lost Garden of Heligan and it’s the Mud Maid sculpture which was created by siblings, Sue and Pete Hill in 1997.
The amazing attraction of this marvelous sculpture is that it is a living art. The hairstyle as well as the clothing of this mud maid changes with the seasons. The appearance of this mud maid in spring and summer is rather different than the one in Autumn or Winter. Viewers are given different perspectives of the sculpture by the fresh growing grass on it.
This is sculpture of the Mud Maid that is created in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall
It seems as if it’s full of life
The look of the mud maid is changed with seasons as the plants grow and wither away
This sculpture represents a sleeping woman
Hill siblings are well known to create fascinating things with life inside them. Viewers are given a great opportunity to enjoy the ‘living changes’ in their arts. Apart from this, there’s another amazing piece known as The Giant’s Head oozes which is almost a hidden mystery to Heligan. It’s able to deepen the exploration of senses when someone visits the woodland.
The process to create The Mud Maid sculpture had been quite difficult. The siblings had to build a hollow frame using wood and a strong netting that can hold tacky mud on it. They had used cement, sand and more mud when creating this. The head of the mud maid is full of Montbretia and Woodsedge while her clothing is of ivy. And also some say that yoghurt was coated on it to encourage the growth of lichens!
An uncountable number of visitors visit this 400 year old garden to see this living sculpture.
However the garden had to fall into disorder due to WW1. Only a few gardeners had returned to maintain this amazing garden soon after the end of the war.
22 gardeners had worked there prior to the world war when The Lost Gardens of Heligan was created by the Tremayne family in the 18th century.
The look of the mud maid in late Spring…
The way of building the Mud Maid
The two siblings Pete and Sue Hill
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