Leda and the swan sculpture inspired by Hever Castle piece shortlisted for top award

May 12 2017 | Garden


A sculpture inspired by a piece in the grounds of Hever Castle has been shortlisted for a Chelsea Flower Show award.

The modern piece of art, designed by Kent-based stonemakers Chilstone, has beaten off over 350 exhibitors to be named a finalist for the RHS Product of the Year at the annual flower show.

Its modern take on the Greek myth of Zeus transforming into a swan to seduce Leda was inspired by a visit to the Italian Garden at Hever Castle.

The 125 acre grounds contain a unique collection of over 200 statues and sculptures built up by previous owner, William Waldorf Astor when he was American Ambassador to Italy during the late 1880s. The marble 18th century reclining figure remains today in the Italian Garden completed in 1906 to house Astor’s collection.

Chilstone’s striking modern version which is made of Cornish marble and resin will be displayed on its stand at Chelsea Flower Show.

The winner will be judged by industry experts and Deborah Meaden from Dragon’s Den, Chris Harrop and Peter Seabrook with the winner being announced at 6pm on Sunday 21 May.

The Chilstone stand can be found at 84 Hospital Way at the Chelsea Flower Show.