A GIANT snake is taking shape in a quarry in Huddersfield.
And the 28-metre monster is set to wow the crowds at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show next month.
Standing an impressive one metre high at its head and a colossal 28 metres in length uncoiled, the Marshalls’ natural stone snake which will be a central feature on the company’s 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show display, on the them of The Garden That Children Want.
It is being sculpted from Marshalls’ own UK quarried stone by renowned Huddersfield sculptor Michael Disley.
The monumental piece has taken over four months to shape out of gigantic raw blocks weighing up to 10 tonnes a piece.
Now it is in its final transformation and pupils from Sawley Junior School, Nottingham, are making a journey to the Marshalls Appleton Quarry to help Michael with the finishing touches.
This image is the first that Marshalls has released of the snake.
The children from Sawley Junior School were among many from across the UK who took part in a Marshalls Chelsea Project Workshop.
Presented by Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins and UKTV gardening personality Sven Wombwell, the scheme introduced them to horticulture and good landscape design.
The children then drew their own dream garden which produced incredible results.
Sculptor Michael Disley has had a long and lasting relationship with Marshalls. His outdoor studio has been situated in the company’s Shepley quarry for several years.
His humorous work can be found all over the UK, as well as Zimbabwe and Japan to name a few.