Stunning sculpture that changes appearance depending on the season

Cornwall in southwest England is a mysterious and fabulous place that is steeped in the spirit of stories and legends about King Arthur. The Lost Gardens of Heligan is Europe’s largest botanical garden, covering about 80 hectares. Many tourists, travelers, nature lovers and romantics come here.


The Earth Maiden appeared here in 1997 and is already an integral part of the Forest Path in the Lost Gardens.

This is not an ordinary sculpture – it is alive. The fact is that her appearance, namely “clothes” and “hair” change depending on the season, as grasses, bindweeds and moss grow and fade. Therefore, it is bright and blooming in spring and summer, and in winter and autumn it “dresses” in more restrained tones.


The basis of the maiden is a wooden frame, and clay was applied on top. The face of the sculpture is sculpted from a mixture of clay, cement and sand. In order for lichen to grow on it, the Virgin was covered with yogurt.


Forest sedge and crocosmia grow on the Virgin’s head. The clothes of the Virgin are climbing plants.

This is a beauty in late spring.

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