OUTDOOR ART

Showcasing art in the garden can make a bold statement as it most often serves as a focal point.  Placing a single object tends to make a bolder statement than several objects, which tend to compete to be noticed.  Sometimes, however, several pieces of outdoor sculptures can create a unique and unified setting within a yard.

Sculpture placement and the plants that surround it will determine the overall effect.  A courtyard or patio tends to be a more intimate space to share art.  Perhaps a sentimental piece of art would fit best in here.  In a more formal garden a single sculpture would be best showcased by placing it in the center of the space such as a courtyard or a front lawn.  Placing a piece of art at the end of a path is a great way to use a focal point as a means to draw people into a space.

When the piece of art sits along a border or in a garden bed it can be accentuated with a backdrop of plants.  The type of plants chosen depends on the size, texture, and form of the object.  For example, a smooth, solid-colored surface would be highlighted by creating contrast through the use of a plant with a bright flower or a plant with complex foliage.  Mounding plants would work well to cover the base of a sculpture so that attention will be drawn to the intricacies of the art.

The type of art chosen should fit in well with the intended style of design.  A large sculpture will fit in perfectly in a traditional, formal garden, but may stick out like a sore thumb in a natural, mountainous landscape.  Being able to see the outdoor art from indoors will maximize its benefits.

The type of art chosen should fit in well with the intended style of design.

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