A sculpture celebrating motherhood will be on display in the grounds of Lacock Abbey near Chippenham in Wiltshire until Mother’s Day, March 10.
The intricate artwork, called Mother Sprite, was crafted by Wiltshire artist Derek Kinzett. It depicts a mother sprite gently encouraging her child to take her first flight.
Mother Sprite was privately commissioned in 2012 but it soon became more than that.
Mr Kinzett said: ‘As a father of three myself, I have to say making this piece completely inspired me and brought me a bit closer to understanding the circle of life and my role as a parent. I now appreciate how much I owe to my own mother and I’d like to dedicate this piece to all mothers around the world.
"When I realised that the final date of this exhibition at Lacock fell on Mother’s day, I immediately knew that I wanted to dedicate Mother Sprite to all mothers that come to see it as a ‘thank you’ for making the world a better place.’
Mother Sprite is just one of the amazing sculptures made out of chicken wire in the Inner Spirit Collection the garden of Lacock Abbey, which is owned by the National Trust. This magical exhibition of wire sculptures also includes a dragon, fairies and even the last unicorn. It has attracted thousands of visitors so far.
Visitor experience officer Rachael Holtom said: “It’s been a real pleasure to see the positive reactions of people to Mother Sprite, it’s thought provoking and a lot of people connect with it. Seeing it on Mother’s day will certainly add a special dimension to it.
"An added bonus, at the moment, is a chance to see beautiful carpets of snowdrops, aconite and crocuses that have transformed the woodland grounds into a colourful feast for the eyes.”
Normal admission charges apply. NT members and under 5s free. For opening times and further information please call 01249 730 450 or click here.