Sculpture in the Garden, a Unique Conversation Starter

Garden sculpture is a great focal point and conversation piece that can fit every budget, whether an eye-catcher from your nearest garden center, an interesting found object or a one-of-a-kind by an artist you met locally or on vacation.

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Commissioning a Piece

You may discover someone whose work you admire by visiting gardening shows, dropping in at an artist’s studio open day or checking sculpture and land art websites. Commissioning a piece gives you an opportunity to put something unique and perfect in your garden, and is now more possible than ever thanks to more affordable alternatives to traditional sculpture materials - reconstituted stone, ceramics and driftwood to name a few. Here are a few tips for making your dream a reality, and keep it that way: Help the artist to visualize what you have in mind with rough sketches and photographs and, if possible, a site visit for them. Get a contract that states the design, its dimensions and materials, cost and delivery date. Protect your piece by placing it out of sight of passers-by and adding it to your home insurance.

Half-hidden by foliage, this weathered terra-cotta torso appears to grow out of the landscape, and would be a fraction of the cost of a bronze piece.

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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