This is one of the three mud sculptures created by the local artists Sue Hill and her brother Pete Hill, and installed on the Woodland Walk in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey in Cornwall, UK. The mud sculpture is called the ‘The Mud Maid’, the figure of a sleeping maid, made from mud, rocks and plants. The figure was created to enhance the natural Woodland Walk experience and in keeping with the fashion of the Victorian ornamentation.
Another companion piece of The Mud Maid in the garden is The Giant’s Head by Sue Hill and Pete Hill. The two sculptures have influenced the creation of two children’s books written by Sandra Horn and illustrated by Karen Popham.
In 2007 Sue Hill and Pete Hill created and installed a new woodland sculpture named ‘The Grey Lady’ on the Woodland Walk.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, were initially created by the members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period of time from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. After a neglect of over seven decades after the First World War, the gardens were restored in the 1990s.
The Heligan Gardens, famous for their Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, offer a collection of rhododendrons and camellias, flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian Garden, a sub-tropical wild area called The Jungle, a series of lakes, and a Wildlife Project allowing visitors a closer view of native wildlife.