In a garden, it is usually the plants that take centre stage, however, today on homify, we are going to focus on the inanimate elements in the yard, the garden sculptures. Sculpture has traditionally been an important part of classic garden design. It can be used to help give form and structure to a landscaping plan, or to help draw the eye to a certain group of flowers or a view that you want to highlight. In addition, garden sculptures make us think about the very nature of a garden. The yard is, by definition, an ever changing space, constantly shifting and evolving with changes in seasons, weather and time. Placing a permanent physical structure like a sculpture in your garden, creates a contrast that forces us to notice nature's continuous mutations. So here, for you to contemplate, are some of our favourite sculptures from our UK experts.
This is a garden at a Manor House in Suffolk. The designers, Deakinlock Garden Design, wanted to create an external space that was suited to the home's Victorian architecture, and so the garden makes use of the classic lines and layouts of formal landscape design. This globe-shaped sculpture by designer David Harber is perfectly matched to the sensibilities of the yard. Its round structure helps to vary the look created by the garden's strict lines and boxy shapes, while its leafy pattern echoes the foliage that surrounds it. The lattice-like structure also lets light pass through to create shadows similar to those produced by the real plants, so that even though the sculpture is a permanent, man-made object, it behaves like the greenery around it.
Here we see a very different kind of garden from Catherine Thomas Landscape & Garden Design. The style of this yard is much less formal, giving a more open and wild impression. The large flower bed has been completely filled in with unfussy, natural-looking daisies, and its size and commitment to one type of flower echo the meadow behind it. This play with the idea of expansiveness is furthered by the statue of the leaping hare, who seems to be bounding across a great distance.
As we can see here in this fireplace by sculptor Cathy Azria at BD Designs, sculpture does not have to be merely aesthetic but can have a functional use as well. The fireplace is made from thin pieces of steel, which have been stacked to resemble wooden logs. The way that the metal plates lean on each other almost suggest the instability of a bonfire, where logs slowly burn and fall into the coals. But don't worry, this fireplace is actually quite secure! It is arranged around a gas burner that produces the flames, which causes the steel to glow red hot, creating beautiful, shifting patterns on the metal.
Although it is perhaps more of an architectural project than the usual garden sculpture, we couldn't resist including this piece, which we think highlights and draws attention to its environment in the same way as many of the other sculptures featured here. This installation by designer Lydia Johnson was created at the design space Grymsdyke Farm. Called Hexacones, the sculpture is made of 360 plaster hexagonal cones, which were themselves produced on site. The project fuses the technology of production with the natural environment of a rural space, to create a sculpture that makes us think of forms ranging from beehives to igloos to the brick wall behind it.
Ann Christensen is a London-based artist who makes metal garden sculptures that blend industrial and natural forms. This piece, which is made out of copper, looks almost like it could be part of a wall except for the delicate holes in the side. The graceful arrangement of these holes makes them resemble the stones lying in the grass in front of the sculpture. They also, given their setting, remind us of the patterns in the centre of a flower or the edges of a withering leaf. These cutouts also act as a little window for you to look out at the garden behind.