If you’re looking to give your garden a makeover this year, you may be looking for inspiration. What are the must-have plants or features to include to get the latest look? Rather than considering planting or garden furniture, instead consider placing a piece of art in your garden to transform the space entirely.

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Why does art transform?

Placing art in your garden landscape changes a garden like nothing else. Although the design of flower beds and planting have an impact, there is a statement to be made from including statuary. It is a statement telling visitors something about you, and how you intend to use the space.

Well placed art can change the way visitors interact with your garden, creating a focal point that draws the attention and encourages visitors to move around the space in a certain way.

What to choose?

Of course, the most fundamental reason for choosing a piece of art should be because it is something that you love. You want to get joy from this object, no matter how many times you see it. If you are an art lover, you may know already whether you would prefer the clean metallic lines of a modern piece, or something in stone or bronze to add interest to your garden.

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It’s worth browsing online to get an idea of the different types available and what a piece might cost to give you a realistic expectation for your budget. Look at sites of bronze animal sculpturers such as http://www.gillparker.com/.

Where to place it

When planning where to place a sculpture, think about where most people will be when they view it. Will it be seen from a distance, from inside your home or when relaxing on the patio? Place it so that it can be easily and comfortably seen. Don’t only think about the statue itself but where it sits in the whole garden. Can it draw attention to another feature? If it has an aperture, can that create a window to a particularly beautiful part of the garden design?

Art lifts a place from the ordinary into the extraordinary, whether that is inside or outside your home. Garden objects should be placed with the same care as those inside, but with a little care and thought, they can have a truly wonderful effect on your outside space.