Divoky Riding School

Giant Peacock Sculpture Divoky Ridind SchoolThis autumn Victoria was commissioned by the renowned Divoky Riding school to create a giant peacock to welcome their clients to the stable yard. The award winning riding school is nestled in a beautiful part of Somerset in the grounds of an old manor farm complete with its own chapel.

Divoky Riding school owner Patricia Bishop had the creative idea of utilising an existing Cotoneaster shrub combined with  a willow structure to form a giant peacock sculpture for the courtyard. The giant peacock was created in Victoria’s Mid Devon workshop were she constructed a heavy duty steel armature and then wove willow grown on the Somerset levels to form the peacock body. Victoria designed the willow form to harmoniously blend in with the cotoneaster to give the effect of the tail feathers.

The proud owner of ‘Percy’ the peacock is delighted with her new addition to the riding school “I’m just mesmerised by it, every time the plant blows in the wind it’s as if he is getting ready to strut with pride across the courtyard.

Now to transport such a beast isn’t the easiest of tasks but Pat’s friend came to the rescue with her beautiful horse box van so the peacock had a very comfortable journey on the A303. Once positioned in the giant planter which is located in the centre of the Riding school’s courtyard Victoria set to work weaving the peacock into the shrub so the two pieces started to blend together.

Victoria will pop up more pictures of this fantastic beast over the next year as the sculpture will change with the ebb and flow of the horticultural seasons.

Divoky Riding School

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