Incredible sculpture in “The Lost Gardens of Heligan” changes its appearance with the seasons


Cornwall, in the south-west of England, is a place that looks like something out of a fairy tale. Lost Gardens of Heligan – Europe’s largest garden restoration project spanning 200 acres is located here and is the perfect place for explorations. Within the restoration of this garden, there are so many surprises. One of them is the Mud Maid sculpture made by the local duo of brothers, Pete and Sue Hill. The sculpture was commissioned in 1997 and has now become an intrinsic part of the garden restoration.

The Mud Maiden is a living sculpture, which means that her hair and outfit change with seasonal changes. In spring and summer, it is vibrant and full of life and in autumn and winter it is completely different.

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# 1. This is the mud maiden. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill

# 2. And like we said, it is a living sculpture. Image credits: nela.fernweh

# 3. This is what it looks like in winter. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill

# 4. Her lush green appearance suits her very well, don’t you think? Image credits: ejlilie

# 5. Against the backdrop of the forest, she is 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 wooden structure and windbreaks; the artist duo then applied sticky mud to it. Image credits: Wulan Nephin

# 8. The face of the sculpture is made of a mixture of mud, cement and sand. To grow the lichens, it was covered with yogurt at one point. The head contains Woodsedge and Montbretia. And then there are the ivy clothes. Image credits: Daderot

# 9. The Lost Gardens of Heligan were established by the Tremayne family in the 18th century. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill

# 10. To date, it is still one of the most popular botanical gardens. Image credits: heligangardens

# 11. Before WWI, the Tremanynes employed 22 gardeners to keep the property neat and orderly. However, with the beginning of the war, many of them went to the front and the farm deteriorated. Image credits: joanna_eden

# 12. Thousands of visitors come to see the giant sculptures every year. Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill

# 13. What a state of mind! Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill

# 14. Don’t you want to visit this place one day? Image credits: Pete & Sue Hill

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