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March, 2013

Sculpture in the garden

We are big fans of outdoor art and while few of us could run to a Henry Moore in our backyard, we firmly believe that every garden should try and make room for a little bit of sculpture in the garden. Now, let's be clear here. We are not talking gnomes or pipers or the kind of paraphernalia usually found in the local garden centre. While such ornaments no doubt have their place, when it comes to using sculpture to make a statement or create a dramatic focal point, such twee objects just won't do!


 david nash sculpture  henry moore sculpture  barbara hepworth sculpture

Our preference is to opt for something contemporary or abstract. Take your cue from the likes of Barbara Hepworth or Henry Moore for example, then with a little research, you are sure to find something to fit your space - and budget. You could also opt for more rustic objects, such as a large terracotta urn, metal obelisk or timber sculpture. The main point is to choose something that works within the overall style and garden setting. Think 'right ornament, right place'. And while it's perfectly possible to create an eclectic garden style, this often requires more skill and judgement than such well-placed collections would have you believe. Whichever style you choose though, the trick is not to make it look overly-contrived. Use surrounding plants to soften hard lines, or to add contrast, texture and drama.



david nash sculpture  henry moore sculpture  david nash at kew gardens 

A well-chosen piece of garden art can transform a dull area, or entice the visitor to take a journey of discovery. If you're looking for inspiration, you could do worse than to visit Kew Gardens where there is still time to see the amazing natural sculptures by David Nash which are on show until 14th April.



barbara hepworth  hannah peschar sculpture garden  henry moore at kew gardens