Selecting and buying works of art is both personal and expressive. The varieties of art forms that we choose to surround ourselves with contribute to the atmosphere that we want to live in, which is personable to us. We offer tips and ideas for positioning your sculptures either inside your home or in the garden.
SCULPTURE IN THE HOME
Which Room? And Where?
As sculpture is a three-dimensional art form, the works should be viewable from multiple angles. Placing a piece in the centre of the living room might seem like the easy answer, but if doing so obstructs the room’s traffic flow, you may want to choose a different spot.
Generally, displaying at eye level is recommended for optimal viewing. These eye lines may help determine where in the room a sculpture can be positioned without interfering with the room’s functionality.
Shelves and recessed spaces in walls or within bookcases can work well. Side tables in bedrooms and living rooms are also great locations. Lamps positioned on these tables can then serve a dual purpose—lighting the room and lighting the artwork.
As with other works of art, lighting plays an important role in displaying sculptures. Too much light will wash out the details, while not enough hides them. Sculptures should be well-lit by diffused light sources, which can include daylight from windows.
Smaller sculptures may be ideal on shelves and tables, but a larger work will benefit from a pedestal. Choose a design that will not draw attention away from the sculpture and compliments the room. Most importantly, a pedestal should be sturdy enough to hold the sculpture.
When chosen carefully and sited sympathetically, a garden sculpture can give emphasis to the garden design and plantings throughout the year. In the right position it can create a dramatic focus or provide a subtle enhancement depending on the desired environment.
Whether you chose a statement art feature or a combination, plan what you would like to achieve and how best to implement you vision – even if just in your head. Art can be created using most materials, look around the garden for any stone, wood, glass etc that you can use should inspiration hit. Remember to ensure the material is weather protected to ensure longevity.
1. Style. The first thing to consider when selecting a garden sculpture is do you really like it? Choose forms and colours you are drawn to – shapes and textures that make you feel positive. Spend time looking at different styles. Do you prefer contemporary or traditional?
2. Perspective. This depends on the size and shape of your garden. Do you want your sculpture to be seen from the house, or even a specific room? Would you prefer to create an element of surprise as you come across it in a secluded area? A sculpture placed at the end of a path can have a dramatic effect. Equally, small pieces set amongst foliage can add interest and provide a subtle and surprising element to the garden design.
3. Scale. The size and shape of a sculpture is also very important. A large artwork might overpower a small patio or roof terrace, and a small piece could get visually lost in a large space. The best way of judging scale is to try it in situ. If the height is not quite right, try raising your sculpture on a plinth or pedestal. This can be particularly helpful if your sculpture is to be positioned amongst dense foliage.
4. Materials. Traditional materials for garden sculpture in the past were stone and bronze and these are beautiful and hard-wearing. If you are choosing stone, make sure the stone used is suitable for exterior use.
Other materials include metal, wood and glass. Many sculptors work in sheet metal, such as corten and stainless steel or aluminium particularly for contemporary abstract forms. Although wood is a material beloved by many people, it is generally not very durable unless treated and may weather badly after a few years. Small sculptures, which are mainly suitable for placing in garden beds, can provide inexpensive inspiration and add colour and interest. Try experimenting with coloured glass balls or Led illuminated sculptures and contemporary seating. Mirrors are a marvellous way to open up a small garden by expanding the perspective of the surrounding vegetation. Mirrors often work well combined with a water feature.
Keep these tips in mind when displaying your sculptures which will certainly add a new dynamic to your home and garden. If you would like a free initial consultation to help get you started please contact us at email@example.com and we would be delighted to help you.