Mother Nature has taken up residence in Durrell’s grounds thanks to a group of bankers putting their creativity to the test. Eighteen volunteers from the Royal Bank of Scotland International (RBS International) spent two days at Durrell creating Mother Nature alongside Durrell’s landscape team. The six metre long ‘living sculpture’ depicts a woman lying down with her upper-body leaning on a log.
The team dug a hole to extract heavy clay from the ground to sculpt the body, which was then sown with fine turf to blend in naturally with the surroundings. One half of Mother Nature’s face was then defined using broken pieces of mirror glued into flat-headed nails and ferns planted around her to complete the scene.
The idea for Mother Nature came from an entry at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006 which was called ‘The Garden of Dreams’ where designers Sue and Peter Hill put together ‘The Green Girl’.
Caryl Kemp, Head of Landscape at Durrell, explained: “The team here at Durrell is keen to encourage the public to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the grounds as much as the animal collection by creating more living sculpture and imaginative floral exhibits which to complement the vast array of local and tropical plants, trees and flowers that are already on display."
Adrian Gill, Chief Executive, RBS International commented: “RBS International has been supporting Durrell in a number of ways this year as they celebrate their 50th anniversary, and this has been a perfect opportunity for some of our staff to get ‘hands on’ and make their mark personally with a permanent tribute to the Trust. The volunteers had two fantastic days pitching in with the team at Durrell and we’re delighted with the work we have produced. We hope Mother Nature captures the public’s eye and enhances Durrell’s already impressive surroundings.”
Mother Nature is the second piece of living sculpture which RBS International has created in the grounds. A team from the Bank created Durrell’s ‘Spirit of Conservation’ character at the wildlife park last year.