Hayley’s cage sculpture is the face of the exhibition

Hayley Spencer
Hayley Spencer

A stunning floral artwork created by a talented student features in a new exhibition in Leyland.

Alongside them is a unique ‘floral cage’ centrepiece, designed by Hayley Spencer, 21, of Bamber Bridge.

Hayley is in her third year of a professional floristry degree course at Myerscough College and began planning the sculpture in September as part of her final project.

She has spent the last month designing the cage and it took five hours to assemble.

The sculpture depicts a male figure trapped inside the 4ft-tall floral cage displayed in the museum’s raised fireplace.

Hayley said: “The design is based on gender stereotypes: Because flowers are associated with femininity, it can be difficult for men to become florists. The male face inside the box represents the idea that individuals are expected to behave in a certain way, and that can make people feel trapped.”

Hayley, who runs her own online floristry company called The Wild Things, added: “Once the flowers in the sculpture start to die, it represents the face becoming older, so it will actually age as the month goes on.”

The exhibition is open until April 29.