The best time to visit the gallery to view or buy sculpture suitable for the garden, is from May to September.
Here you will find examples of sculptures that are either permanently exhibited in the garden, or which have been exhibited in the garden recently. Please click on an image to view full details of each artwork. The monumental sculptures by Maurice Blik can be viewed in the garden all year round.
A GUIDE TO BUYING SCULPTURE FOR THE GARDEN
Price is affected by three key factors:
1. Reputation. Expect to pay more for work by an established or highly-regarded artist.
2. Medium. Foundry cast bronze, stone and marble are the highest quality media. These materials will endure and often go up in value over time. Lightweight materials, including wood and resin are more succeptible to weather damage and breakage, which is not always easily repaired, so it is advisable to buy the best quality materials that your budget will allow.
3. Rareity. If a sculpture is described as unique, only one of the sculpture exists in the world, making it more desirable. Where possible look for unique or limited edition sculptures (editions of less than 12). Sculpt Gallery does not sell sculpture editions which are larger than 12. All of our sculptures are created by hand using traditional methods, by artists living in the UK.
DISPLAYING SCULPTURE OUTSIDE
Sculpture is often best placed in a quiet, reflective open space, for example, on a lawn or paved area, beside a pathway, or on a low wall. If you plan to install a sculpture amongst beds and borders, ensure that it has sufficient space and height to be seen amongst the planting even when it is in full flower, and is not overpowered by too many colourful blooms. If your intended space is particularly busy, look for sculpture with bold, solid shapes and light tones.
Most sculptures will benefit from being placed on an appropriate base or plinth, providing additional height and security. This will also help to give the sculpture a better scale when viewed in context with the external landscape, buildings and trees. All sculpture tends to look smaller outside. And where possible, site sculpture in a bright, sunny spot away from tree debris and overhanging branches which may cause the sculpture to become damaged or discoloured.
All outdoor sculpture will attract spider's webs, algae and bird droppings. Complex shapes and textured surfaces are harder to keep clean, so it is advisable to consider the medium and the potential maintenance at the outset. Smooth surfaces, bronze and hard types of stone are generally easily cleaned with a damp, lint-free cloth, or a soft brush. Never use chemicals to clean sculpture as this can cause damage to the patina and the surface.
For further advice on buying or installing sculpture in the garden, please get in touch.