Diss sculptor is ready for the Chelsea Flower Show

Artist's impression of the Antithesis Sarcophagi.

Artist's impression of the Antithesis Sarcophagi. - Credit: Archant

A letter carver and sculptor is putting the finishing touches to his garden which will be part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Inside the Antithesis Sarcophagi.

Inside the Antithesis Sarcophagi. - Credit: Archant

Gary Breeze, from Diss, and his friend and fellow carver Martin Cook have designed the garden which is called Antithesis of Sarcophagi.

The garden's theme is an English woodland and consists of a 2.5 metre cubed block of granite which has hieroglyphics on it.

There are six holes in the granite and when people look through them they will see a thriving woodland.

Mr Breeze said: 'The black granite block is sat on gravel. The impression when you look in the cube is of a vista.

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'It is based on a woodland after a fire where the outside is dead but the inside is rejuvenated. Inside there will be silver birch trees, bluebells and ferns and it will be lined with mirrors.'

The 49-year-old has worked on a number of high profile projects including the tomb of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and the 2015 fifty pence piece designed to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

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The pair came up with the idea for Antithesis of Sarcophagi after working on the London memorial to the victims of the Bali bombing.

Mr Breeze, whose workshop is in Beehive Yard, said it took a long time to get the idea together and for it to get it accepted by the Chelsea Flower Show.

He added: 'It is incredibly stressful getting it all together. But the work on the sculpture has not taken us very long.

'We decided to paint the hieroglyphics on because you could not see them when they had been carved. They don't actually mean anything. I will be pleased when it is all finished.'

The Chelsea Flower Show will take place from Tuesday, May 24 to Saturday, May 28 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

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