Sculpture suitable for the garden or external display is available in a variety of mediums, from foundry cast bronze, to mixed media, aluminium, stone and glass.
Here you'll find examples of sculpture currently or recently exhibited in the garden. Please click on an image to view full details of each artwork.
The monumental sculptures by Maurice Blik are permanent exhibits which can be viewed all year round.
Oak plinths, cut to the required height, are available to buy at cost.
GUIDE TO BUYING SCULPTURE FOR THE GARDEN
1. Pricing. Sculpture is priced according to three factors:-
- Reputation of the artist. The more established and well-known the artist, the higher the price.
- Materials. Genuine bronze and hard types of stone or marble are the highest quality mediums for outdoor sculpture. These mediums will endure and improve with age. An added bonus is that they will hold or often go up in value over time. For these reasons it's always advisable to buy the best quality materials that your budget will allow.
- Rareity. If a sculpture is a unique or limited edition, you can expect to pay more than you would for an 'open edition' or mass-produced piece. Sculpture editions should ideally be under 12.
2. Positioning of any sculpture is key. Many sculptures benefit from being placed on a plinth to lift them away from the ground and to give them more height. As a general rule (although exceptions can work), the footprint of a plinth should be no more than 1-2 inches wider than the widest part of the sculpture. A plinth will also help with scale since sculpture tends to looks smaller outdoors when viewed in context with buildings and trees.
- Placing sculpture in an open space often works better than amongst busy flower-beds or borders. For example, beside a pathway, on a low wall , or in a paved/lawned area.
- If your space is particularly busy, try bold, solid shapes.
- Where possible, place sculpture in a bright spot - all sculpture sings in the sunshine! But if you're not blessed with a sunny site, light-toned sculpture will stand out better against dark undergrowth or in a shady area.
3. Maintenance. All outdoor sculpture will attract a certain amount of dust, debris, algae and bird droppings. If keeping your sculpture in mint condition is important to you, it's vital to consider the medium at the outset and to choose quality if you can afford it. Smooth surfaces, bronze or real stone are generally easily cleaned with a damp, lint-free cloth, or a soft brush. Always avoid using chemicals as these can damage the patina or surface. The more heavily textured the sculpture, the harder it will be to keep clean, and do bear in mind that cheaper, lightweight materials are more succeptible to weather damage, and breakage, which is not easily repaired.
For further advice on buying or installing sculpture in the garden, please get in touch.