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.
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