No garden is complete without a main focal point, but it can often be difficult to find the right idea. Water features require frequent upkeep, and not every landscape has an ancient tree to draw the eye. Many garden owners favour a beautiful sculpture for their garden, selected with both the context of plants and landscape and the tastes of those using the garden in mind.
Ideal for any garden, regardless of size
For those choosing a sculpture for larger gardens, the options are endless. It is important, however, to consider a statement piece that won’t get lost against an imposing landscape. The right large scale garden sculpture will allow designers to play with space, adding a sense of height to areas with low flower beds, or creating a sense of perspective against an impressive row of trees.
In a smaller garden, a sculpture is the perfect way to bring in elements of character and class and to accentuate the planting schemes that gardeners working with less space spend so much time perfecting.
The magic of professional sculpture
While there is the option to buy a sculpture ready-made online or from a garden centre, nothing will feel quite so beautiful as a piece crafted especially for your garden.
Joseph Hillier is one of the most prolific sculptors working in the UK today, and his art can be found in the grounds of the country’s most beautiful homes. He’s been the recipient of the Art’s Council’s ‘Artist of the Year’ award and has created many commissioned works in recent years.
Hillier works in both private and public spaces to craft breathtaking pieces that truly demonstrate the power of sculpture. Particular inspiration for the sculptural transformation of garden spaces can be found in his renovation of the grounds of Cheeseburn Grange Northumberland, owned by Joanna and Simon Riddell.
Finding the right style
Whether you live in a country house set upon acres of land, or a small suburban home with a shady garden, there will be a sculpture that will be able to completely change the way you look at your garden.
Some favour a more modern style, with minimalist lines, geometric shapes and a clean, polished base material that oozes sophistication and a sense of confidence in one’s own aesthetic. Modern sculptures work incredibly well in juxtaposition with a wilder landscape – for example, a sleek, shining sculpture in the midst of a wildflower meadow will take the breath away.
Alternatively, rustic sculptures are also becoming increasingly fashionable. Working in materials such as rusted metal, these pieces are often hand-welded to create a stylish, rough and ready effect. Rustic sculptures are particularly effective for the smaller garden, and when paired with the backdrop of a fern garden or lush, green space can really work to bring a garden together.
Whatever the size of your backyard, we hope this blog post might have created a spark of inspiration – and helped you consider how sculptures can revamp your garden.