New dragonfly earth sculpture completed

posted 17 Oct 2012, 07:18 by WildPlace YourSpace   [ updated 18 Oct 2012, 08:58 ]
More cob mixture is created by volunteers by mixing clay soil, water and straw together, Click here to see a video of how to make your own. Its a messy job but it is important to cover the dragonfly earth sculpture before grass turf is layed on top and before the hot dry weather comes.
Chris, volunteers and Joe, one of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority rangers help to finish off the final stages of applying the cob mixture and cutting the lawn reinforcement material for the tops of the wings.
After soaking the dragonfly earth sculpture with over 300 litres of water, volunteers help to cut and install the grass turf and turf reinforcement materials. Now just for the head.
Our fantsatic artist Lucy Smith prepares the head of the giant dragonfly and carefully adds each colourful tile to create its beautiful eyes.
It has taken 28 volunteers, 2 staff, 1 artist, 32 school children, 100 recycled coffee sacks, 3 bales of straw, 20 tonnes of soil, and over 6 months to complete the Dragonfly Earth Sculpture at the WaterWorks Nature Reserve, so come to the beautiful garden and see it for yourself. Well done to everyone involved!