As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we’re naturally drawn to the outdoors. Watching your gardening efforts mature and grow is always satisfying. Adding a personal touch with sculpture can create an even more individual or distinctive feeling in your garden. Sculpture transforms a garden, furnishing delight, inspiration, surprise, and even telling a story. Your story.
When you find the right sculpture to add to your garden, it will turn your property into a magical place of discovery, imagination, and contemplation. There are no strict rules when designing your sculpture garden. However, here are a few ideas to keep in mind and perhaps guide you along the way.
Stay receptive to what a sculpture says to you. When a sculpture sparks joy, imagination or even dreams, its story becomes part of your story. Placing it within a garden shares that spark with others, creating more and more stories.
Keep in mind what you might want your sculpture, or sculptures, to do. They can be a focal point, gathering people together. They can create small destinations for contemplation. Or, they can lead visitors on a journey of discovery.
Think of how the seasons will enhance your sculpture. A sculpture will reflect is changing surroundings. Spring rain will stipple it, Summer sun will illuminate it, Fall shadows will cloak it and Winter snow will blanket it.
Be willing to take a chance. Art is powerful, and that power is enhanced when it isn’t forced to compete with other elements. Placing a piece so that it can draw people, gather people or guide people allows its innate power to speak to others.
So take a look at your garden and see what areas could benefit from a piece of art. Perhaps beside a water feature, at the end of a path, tucked in a corner or in the shade of a tree. Visit local sculpture gardens for ideas and come see us at Sorrel Sky Gallery for a delightful array of small, medium and life-sized pieces that are sure to add a new chapter to your garden, creating moments of whimsy or contemplation.