Giant Commission


My husband, the sculptor Ben Dearnley, and I were commissioned by Salisbury Arts Centre to build a 9ft May Queen and giant Corgi as part of Wiltshire’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on May Day 2012, in the presence of HM The Queen.

Ben built the frame and heads, while I clothed and decorated the Queen. I mobilised lots of children and adult groups to decorate fabric squares for the cloak, gown and train, and for the Corgi’s coat.

On the day of the event, Ben made the Corgi’s body from recycled plastic milk bottles, along with the help of local children, and the Queen’s train was finished off by children decorating squares.

Then, with a retinue of Rainbows, we processed through the city, holding up traffic, to the Guildhall. Sir Pantalot had to stop on the way to discharge a very full bladder!

Sir Pantalot

Queen Gwynevere and Sir Pantalot with some loyal subjects

Waiting for HM The Queen

The Procession (click)