Garden Statues

Commission a little style for your botanical masterpiece

Looking to add something unique to your yard? Why not live forever in stone? Make your own statue and you'll be remembered forever as the gardener with the greenest thumb, revered through all the land for your beautiful roses and Japanese maples... well, maybe not. But you can still put sculptures in your garden to add a little grace and distinction to your floral tour de force.

Garden statues used to be found only in the yards of the rich and famous. These people were the only ones who could afford to order or buy them. They add certain elegance to a beautiful flowerbed and often represent the culture or tastes of the people who maintain the garden.

Statues can provide ambience, charm or refinement to a yard, and they're certainly becoming more and more popular, even for people who don't have very much green space at all.

If you can think of it, there's probably a statue of it. This is true for everything from depictions of children at play to concrete vegetables nestled amongst your real ones. Statues can come freestanding or as part of fountains or bird baths. It's really a matter of interest as to what you choose for your garden.

Outside isn't the only place for statuary; there are many beautiful garden statues that can find a home indoors. It's become a trend to interchange the indoors with the outdoors, so some people even add fountains or garden furniture to their home decor, and sofas and fireplaces to their patio.

When it comes to choosing something out of the huge selection of statuary, a good tip is to think about the kind of theme or mood you want to set in your garden. Do you want people to feel peaceful, playful, charmed or happy? Conversely, if the dark arts are more your taste, you can have a winking Cthulhu in your pond or a grim methuselah by your garden gate.

If you want to set off an Asian bamboo garden, you can pick statues that will look at home among the reeds.

Depending on your taste, you can get statues in stone, concrete or bronze, weighing up to several hundred pounds. Keep in mind, however, that your statue will be more expensive depending on the size and medium you choose. For a simple small stone statue, you can expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $150, depending on the retailer and who the artist is. Often, the cost for a stone statue will be equal to its weight, but it's worth it for a well-made piece of art.

Bronze statues are by far the most expensive, especially if they are hand-cast using the "lost wax" method. This is an ancient and labor-intensive method using wax models to cast the statue. If you are looking at buying a bronze statue, chances are you will be paying more than $3500; however, you will be getting an intricate objet d'art that you can pass down as a family heirloom. You'll need to learn about statue care to keep them nice, as well.

You don't have to just put statuary outside; there are many beautiful garden statues that can find a home indoors. It's become a trend to interchange the indoors and outdoors, so some people even add fountains or garden furniture to their home decor, and sofas and fireplaces to their patio.

A good tip to choosing something out of the huge selection of statuary is to think about the kind of theme or mood you want to set in your garden. Do you want people to feel peaceful, playful, charmed or happy? How do you want to feel?

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