A Croxley schoolboy met Prince Charles after he had his design of a dragon come to life and appear on display at the Royal Botanical Gardens following a Blue Peter competition.
Amar Takher, seven, who attends Little Green Junior School in Croxley entered a Blue Peter competition to design a dragon for the Royal Botanical Gardens renovated Pagoda and dragon trail.
He was one of five runners up in a completion of thousands of entries. Following his success Amar worked with artists from Wild in Art, a company who help bring events to life, and the Blue Peter team who invited him to their Manchester studios to design a two-metre-high sculpture based on his design.
Amar’s sculpture, called Synth, came to life last month and on July 12 Prince Charles officially opened the Pagoda and trail. It will be on display until September and Blue Peter aired a show on Amar and the other winners on August 2; with the episode available on BBC iPlayer.
Sharanjit, who is Amar’s mum, explained how Synth came to life. She said: “Amar has always been creative and always sees things differently. His dragon incorporated ways of making energy from nature- hence the name Synth which is short for photosynthesis.
“He entered the competition with around nine thousand other entries and was one of the top five, It was amazing to see the design he drew come to life.”
Amar told MyCroxleyNews about the thrill of seeing his dragon come to life. He said: “I felt shocked to get a call from the Blue Peter editor to say I was in the top five.
“It felt epic to hear that my dragon would be made into an actual 3D dragon in Kew. Now I have seen it in Kew with my friends and family is awesome.”
“I would like to thank Blue Peter and the Wild in Art team for bringing my design to life. To meet the Blue Peter team and Prince Charles at the unveiling was amazing.
“My inspiration came from thinking of how a dragon could help the environment and decided on large solar panels for his wings.”