Garden statues can add beauty and style to any garden. Whether your garden is your sanctuary, your center for social gatherings or strictly for show, you can enhance it’s character and appeal.
Garden statues are available in many mediums. From resins to marble to bronze, the type of material will affect the price. Poly-resin is a fairly new material being used to cast statues. It consists of fiberglass resin, a synthetic polymer, and it is more durable than many other casting materials. It is also far less expensive. Other medium have been used from ancient times up to the present. This includes cement, cast iron, cast bronze and sculpted marble. The last two being the high end of products available.
Statuary can be cast or sculpted. If you want a sculpted statue, be prepared to pay a lot of money because they can be very expensive. However if you just want to decorate your garden, like most of us, cast statuary is the way to go. Due to mass production, which is done by melted liquid being poured into casts, these statuary are very affordable. The value increases as purer materials are used.
Benefits of Resin
One of the main benefits of resin statuary is it’s weight. The cost of shipping from the retailer will be much lower than that of a heavier material. In addition it will be much easier to move around from place to place in your garden, but it is heavy enough to stay put in harsh weather.
Resin statuary is suitable for outdoor as well as indoor use. It is more durable than many other mediums. With resin it is possible to reproduce all the details of the original casting.
Choosing a Statue
Many people choose a replica of a famous sculpture. This can provide an interesting topic of conversation for guests with a knowledge or interest of art. Some of the most famous statues are; The Statue of David, The Venus de Milo, The Thinker and The Kiss. These and many others are excellent choices to bring an air of worldliness to your garden.
Statues can be used to add class and elegance or charm and whimsy to your garden. Choosing the right image is very important so make sure to put plenty of thought into your choice of statuary. Think about the overall style of your garden. How much space do you have. Consider the appearance of the foliage that will surround and frame each piece of statuary.
Styles and Images
Below are examples of different types of statuary. There are countless images available. This is only a few examples to give you some ideas.
- Religious; Jesus, Buddha, angels and saints
Classical; Greek gods and goddesses, ancient Roman images
Mythical; Gargoyles, fairies and mermaids
Animals; Dogs, cats, birds and frogs
Lifestyle; Sports and hobbies
Size and Placement
Choosing the right size is just as important as the right placement of your statuary. To many statues close together will make your garden appear cluttered and to busy. Instead of small pieces, try larger ones placed farther apart for a more simplified appearance.
When choosing the perfect spot for a piece of statuary, use the plants and any other items in your garden as a frame. Try imaging the bigger picture. Take into consideration your garden as a whole. Does it all flow together in shape and form? When in doubt simplify, don’t clutter.
Resins are available with the look of old stone, bronze, marble and others. Poly-chrome finishes in amazing hues are also good choices. Resins can always be painted another color if you desire a change.
Due to the fine detail and the consistency of poly-resins, in the winter the expansion and contraction of ice from freezing conditions can crack the fine detail in resin statuary. Resin should be brought inside during prolonged freezing temperatures.
There are so many styles, mediums, images, sizes and choices for statuary . As long as you put some thought and preparation into your choices you can seamlessly enhance a beautiful atmosphere. Implementing statuary into your garden is a great way to enchant passersby as well as yourself.
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