Sculpture In The Garden
The use of sculpture in the garden can add exciting drama to the landscape. Placement is everything, no matter the piece, and thought should be given to the following:
- The piece should sit well in location taking account of other local features
- Sculpture should be introduced to the garden in a sympathetic setting
- Plant to frame the piece with simplicity as mixed planting can confuse the eye. The drama of massed plantings is generally more striking than busy borders; consider framing the piece with large swathes of simplicity. A good hedge can form a lovely backdrop but ensure the hedge is higher than the sculpture so it does not cut through the piece.
- Consider the context of the piece and the scale – Stags in the woods, Horses in the meadow, Fish in the water…
- Sculpture works well over water, the reflections adding a further dimension to the piece
- How can the sculpture be further enhanced? The right base, location, and planting can enhance a sculpture enormously and affect how you interact with it
- Texture can add another exciting element to the landscape.