For the last year a five ton lump of rock has been sitting forlornly underneath the stone arch in my garden. People have wondered whether it was a piece of abstract art. If it was, its message would have been so dull it would have been worthy of the Turner prize.
But today visitors to my garden (it’s one of our Yellow Book open days) have been treated to the sight of the block of stone coming to life. Alan Ward, who has done so much amazing work in the garden making sculptures out of the limestone rocks, is turning the stone into his version of Leda and the Swan. This video shows Alan’s intense concentration as he chips away at the stone with his chisel. Each part of Leda’s body requires a day’s work. Today 250 visitors have had the pleasure of seeing him perfecting her right breast.