Cornwall, in the Southwest of England is a place that looks like something out of a fairy tale. Lost Gardens of Heligan—Europe’s largest garden restoration project that spreads across 200 acres lies here and it is the perfect place for explorations. Inside this garden restoration, there are so many surprises. One of them is the Mud Maid sculpture made by the local sister and brother duo, Pete and Sue Hill. The sculpture was commissioned back in 1997 and now it has become an intrinsic part of the garden restoration.
The mud maiden is a living sculpture, meaning that her hair and attire change with the seasonal changes. In spring and summer, she is vibrant and full of life and in the autumn and winter she is completely different.
#1. This is the mud maiden. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill
#2. And as we said, she is a living sculpture. Image credits: nela.fernweh
#3. This is how she looks in the winter. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill
#4. Her lush green look suits her just fine, don’t you think? Image credits: ejlilie
#5. Against the backdrop of the forest, she is such a masterpiece. Image credits: timmurray
#6. What a way to create hair in an artistic way. Image credits: Stuart Richards
#7. There are two giants in the garden restoration- the mud maiden and the Giant’s Head, and they bring a sense of mystery to the place. The Mud Maid, in particular was built by creating a hollow framework out of timber and windbreak netting; the artist duo applied sticky mud on it afterwards. Image credits: Wulan Nephin
#8. The face of the sculpture is made from a mix of mud, cement, and sand. To make the lichens grow, it was covered in yoghurt at one point. The head contains Woodsedge and Montbretia. And then there are the clothes of ivy. Image credits: Daderot
#9. The Lost Gardens of Heligan were established by the Tremayne family back in the 18th century. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill
#10. To date, it remains one of the most popular botanical gardens. Image credits: heligangardens
#11. Before World War I, the Tremanynes employed 22 gardeners to keep the estate prim and proper. However, with the war starting, many of them went off to the front and the estate fell in to disrepair. Image credits: joanna_eden
#12. Thousands of visitors come to see the giant sculptures every year. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill
#13. It is such a mood! Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill
#14. Don’t you wish to visit this place one day? Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill