Arthur finds a worm: Alumna designs sculpture for New Blue Peter Garden

Teresa Wells MRSS (Art and Design 2006) is a multi-award-winning sculptor based in the UK. She was recently commissioned to design a featured sculpture for the New Blue Peter Garden, an exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

With work featured in permanent collections worldwide, Teresa’s clients include Juliet Sargeant, Steven Moffat, BBC, Netflix, The Robert T Webb Sculpture Garden USA, SAATCHI, Shropshire County Council, The Devon Sculpture Park, BLOCC Interiors (formerly Connections in Design Ltd), Inside Right Ltd, AK Designs, and numerous private collectors and commissions.

The sculpture, titled ‘Arthur finds a worm’, features a small boy holding a worm in his hand. It was created as part of the ‘New Blue Peter Garden’, an exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The show is an annual garden show event held for five days in May by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS); it is regarded as ‘the place to see cutting-edge garden design’. It draws a global crowd and is the 'haute-couture' of the international gardening scene. The New Blue Peter Garden won a silver gilt at the event, an extra class of medal in between silver and gold that gives the Flower Show panel an extra way to recognise gardens in certain specific categories.

The influence for this piece came from her visit with the creator of the garden, Juliet Sargeant, to a local nursery school when the children were taking part in ‘muddy play’. The subject of the sculpture, Arthur, is based off a child that they met during that day.

Juliet described Arthur as “quiet; he pressed his hands into a bag of clay and chatted to me softly about how it felt between his fingers. Alerted by the squeals from a group of his friends, he turned to see the worm they had found. The other children soon bored of the creature, but Arthur was transfixed. He fashioned a ‘worm-holder’ with a leaf and for the rest of the session carried his treasure from place to place.”

Following the end of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the sculpture will become a new feature at the RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford, Manchester.

Photo credit: Teresa Wells and Juliet Sargeant