Still Sleeping...

I promised a view with a little more context when I posted the 'portrait' of her over a week ago, so here she is again. This installation was one of the highlights of Heligan for me.

 

I've now found out that she is called a 'Mudmaid' and that is because the bulk of her body is made up of a hollow wood frame and covered in mud over which ivy has been trained to grow to afford her some decency. Her face (and hands, which you can't see here...) are made of a mixture of mud, sand and cement, and apparently the garden staff douse her face regularly in natural yoghurt to encourage lichen growth. Lucky lady! :)

 

For more information on the fascinating story behind the Lost Gardens of Heligan, look here

 

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Taken on January 2, 2007