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 - but please check to make sure that the gallery is open before visiting, to avoid disappointment.
Oak plinths, cut to the required height, are available to purchase at cost.
POINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING SCULPTURE FOR THE GARDEN
1. Pricing is affected by three key factors:
- Materials. Genuine bronze and real stone or marble are the highest quality media for outdoor sculpture and are generally priced higher accordingly. They will endure and improve with age and will often go up in value over time. It's advisable to buy the best quality materials your budget will allow.
- Reputation of the artist. The more established and well-known the artist, the more desirable and therefore expensive the sculpture is likely to be.
- Rareity. If a sculpture is a unique or limited edition, you can expect to pay more than you would for an 'open edition'. Limited editions should ideally be under 12 for sculpture.
The positioning of any sculpture is key. Most 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, sunny spot. If you're not blessed with a sunny site, light-toned sculptures will stand out better against dark undergrowth or in a shady area.
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 and finish at the outset. Smooth surfaces, bronze and 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. Heavily textured finishes tend to be harder to keep clean, and lightweight materials are more succeptible to weather damage, and breakage, which is not always easily repaired.
For further advice on buying or installing sculpture in the garden, please get in touch.