Lawn statues are an interesting attribute of landscape design, which history of origin takes its roots in antiquity. Even in ancient Greece tradition of decorating gardens with statues depicting characters mostly mythology, enjoyed great popularity.
And the peoples of the East, that were placing symbolic representations of animals near their houses (so-called wards), believed that they protect themselves from evil forces.
Passing through the century, the present trend in garden design is still important, though it has almost lost its largely symbolic connotations. Today, garden sculptures are in high demand, like for the owners of small household plots, both for the hosts of impressive suburban estates and sites. Landscaping design using the garden of sculptures is considered, in spite of a long history, is fashionable and original solution of garden design.
Sculpture (from the latin «Sculpo», which means “to cut, carve”) is a type of fine art, whose works have three-dimensional shape and are made of solid or plastic materials.
Sculpture garden is a third-dimensional, generally a human or any animal.
Its size is mainly close to the actual size of the imaged object, or even exceeds it.
Garden sculpture might look, in addition to the statue, also like:
- a monument of the plate, triumphal arches, columns, busts, etc.;
- an obelisk – a tetrahedral pillar like a pyramid with the aspirations of small end upwards;
- stelae – stone slabs, arranged perpendicular to the ground.
Garden sculpture in the improvement of small private plots is used in the form of small ceramic figurines, which are mass produced by different companies for a wide range of buyers – a variety of snails, ducks, cats, frogs, storks, gnomes, elves, bald fat men resembling a smiling Buddha and many, many others. Similar products are easy to buy and install in any corner of the garden, among the greenery, along the tracks or near the flowerbeds, it will not be difficult to move them from place to place, and in winter to move them to the room.
Garden ceramic figurines are appropriate in small areas, but if it goes on much of the territory of the area, then you can easily design and use a more “serious” material for your statue. For example, marble was considered the classic material for sculpture from ancient times. It has been marble that for the most part was used in antiquity and the Renaissance. But eventually marble has the ability to break down, which remains pertinent in our time, complicated by the environmental problems. Today, therefore, landscape designers prefer granite. According to experts, it is pretty well handled, so it is easier to create original works of art, and has a high resistance to weathering.