Wanna see a picture of a Chinese dragon made out of the finest faun and flora found in all of Sunny Colch?
Course you do.
The photograph below doesn’t do justice to the amazing intricacy that can be seen on display outside the entrance to Castle Park right now. Pleasant though the pansies and herbaceous borders are, the grounds men and women of Sunny Colch have come up with a sculpture that makes all those hilariously shaped cucumbers last seen on That’s Life seem trivial.
Rumour has it that the dragon was created in the image of a certain high profile member of the Colchester Borough Council cabinet.
Here at The Chronic and we couldn’t possibly comment.
There’s a reason of course for all this green-fingered complexity.
The Treasures of China exhibition is opening at Colchester Castle on 30th June. This is a project that has been a creative partnership between the Chinese delegates from Nanjing Museum and the young curators from the Gilberd School, Colchester.
The exhibition explores the rise of Imperial China from the earliest Stone Age tombs to the last Emperor:
“Stunning objects include a 2000 year old, life size jade suit from the tombs of the Han Dynasty rulers, an exquisite gold cicada sitting on a jade leaf worn by a Ming Princess nearly 600 years ago and the luxury items and ornaments that adorned the palace of the last of the Imperial families as the tumult of the twentieth century changed China for ever.”
Seventy treasures from the Nanjing Museum – the second largest in China – have very kindly been loaned out to Sunny Colch. We like to think that this exchange programme of co-operation might lead to some Roman regalia heading over the Great Wall.
As for the Castle Park dragon?
Prickly, keeping watch over Sunny Colch, breathing fire – anyone got a name for our new found dragon friends?
Um, Sir Bob?
The Treasures of Chine opens at Colchester Castle Museum on 30th June, and runs through until 7th January 2013.