Showcasing contemporary garden art 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 landscape 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 garden art would fit best in here. In a more formal garden, a single landscape statue 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 contemporary garden 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 landscape sculpture and statue 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.