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Friday, 26 April 2013

Percy Thrower Statue at RHS Malvern



RHS Spring Show Malvern’s sculptor in residence, Caro Sweet, will be creating “Saint Percy – Patron Saint Of TV Gardeners” live at the Show from 9th – 12th May. Percy Thrower, the first presenter of the iconic TV gardening show ‘Gardener’s World’ who died in 1988, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.
Visitors to the show will be able to watch the sculpture develop as Caro uses metal rods, pipes, wire, polystyrene and gardening implements for the internal 'skeleton'.  She will then build onto it with a unique wax clay to bring her tribute to life. Caro’s approach means people can expect a little theatre too – she has no qualms wielding an angle grinder whilst wearing high heels as she works.
Commenting on her Spring Show project, Caro said:
“Malvern’s Spring Show is the first big RHS show of the year. Percy Thrower holds a special place in every gardener’s heart and was the first TV gardener to bring gardening alive for a wider audience so he’s the perfect subject for this year’s project”.
Caro will be located in the Show Garden’s Arena.

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