How To Choose Garden Statues And Sculptures

The idea of statues and sculptures decorating gardens is trendy, though it is far from new. In fact, excavations have determined that the Neanderthals had sculpture gardens. Every ancient culture had gardens with ornamental installations, from Mesopotamian to Egyptian to Far Eastern to Mesoamerican. It appears that decorating a garden with statues and sculptures may be inherently human.

Homeowners today are taking a more sophisticated approach to their outdoor spaces. They want them to be an extension of the living spaces in the home, and they are designing them as such. It certainly uplifts a garden, makes it more welcoming and more entertaining, to install beautiful or whimsical or simply unexpected statues and sculptures.

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Just about anything that you can imagine! And some you would never have dreamed of. Here we have broken down some of the more popular into categories. 

Animals

You can get a statue that looks like your dog or cat. There are beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and praying mantises - small ones for accents, some up to two feet in height. Maybe something more exotic appeals to you, such as an elephant or alligator. Is a safari on your bucket list? There are lions and tigers and giraffes. Do you collect everything to do with Jurassic Park? Look in the dinosaur section. For those into the literary scene, a raven will evoke Edgar Allan Poe.

Brown Classic Resin Succulent Turtle Statue
Brown Traditional Plastic Knothole Owl Tree Statue
Colorful Stylish Metal Standing Peacock Statue
Gray Classic Concrete Garden Snail Statue
Green Traditional Resin Turtle Statue
White Elegant Plastic Perch Pelican Statue

People

Children are popular - children playing, working in the garden, fishing, reading. Adults may be folks from other eras or cultures, historical heroes, elderly couples still in love. Replicas of ancient Roman, Greek, French and Italian statuary bestow a touch of classicism to the garden.

Gray Classic Resin Basking In Glory Statue
Gray Traditional Resin Fisherman Statue
Gray Classic Plastic Patriotic Flag Children Statue
Traditional Resin Girl On Bench Garden Statue
Gray Classic Plastic Flower Girl Statue
Gray Contemporary Resin Venus Statue

Religious Figures

Angels; Buddha; Confucius; St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment; Moses with his Ten Commandments; ornate Hindu gods and goddesses, such as Ganesha and Lakshmi; and Japanese Jizo, intriguing figures who pray for us and who will surely start a conversation.

Gray Stylish Resin Angel Statue
Brown Traditional Plastic Meditating Buddha Statue
Gray Traditional Resin St Francis Statue
Gray Classic Resin Madonna Garden Statue
Gray Traditional Resin Queen Of Angels Statue
Gray Contemporary Resin Extended Grace Angel Statue

Mystical Creatures

Gnomes have been protecting gardens throughout European history. Gargoyles, sometimes scary looking, sometimes cute - either way they ward off evil. Fairies make lovely statues, and, if you include a fairy house in your garden and shiny objects and chimes, the kind of fairies you cannot see will visit your garden and bring you blessings.

Black Contemporary Resin Gargoyle Statue
Colorful Contemporary Resin Sleeping Gnomes Statue
Gray Classic Plastic Gargoyle Garden Statue
White Classic Resin Baby Fairy Statue
Brown Stylish Resin Gnomes Bigfoot Statue
Elegant Resin Peony Fairy Solar Statue

Sculptures

There are too many different types of sculptures to describe here. They tend to be abstract or geometric or both. Whimsical sculptures tend to turn one thing into another, such as a wooden fence carved at the top to symbolize a row of people!

Gray Classic Stone Millstone Garden Statue
Brown Simple Fiberstone Sphere Statue
Red Modern Metal Parenthesis Garden Statue
Brown Modern Metal Abstract Art Statue
Gray Classic Resin Island Head Statue
Modern Glass American Flag Globe Statue
Blue Nautical Cobblestone LED Lighthouse Statue
Gray Modern Concrete Dragonfly Garden Statue
Brown Classic Bronze Quail Statue
Colorful Contemporary Iron Peacock Statue
Brown Elegant Copper Heron In Reed Statue
Brown Classic Wooden Tiki Totem Statue
Green Classic Glass Turtle Garden Statue

Ideas for Using Statues and Sculptures to Reflect Your Style

  • For an artistic and ultra-modern garden, use elegant and graceful stylized cranes created with red and yellow blown glass. Or a sleek and graceful contemporary sculpture of a couple will memorialize the love between you and your loved one.
  • For those who prefer primitive or folk art, carved wooden totem poles come in all sizes and all colors or bare wood. You have your choice of cultures represented and your choice of facial expressions, some of which are very amusing, some of which you can take some time interpreting.
  • If you like to make people laugh, you can scatter throughout the garden playful gnomes that whistle as a person walks by them. There are all different kinds of humor; maybe you would prefer the gnomes that moon your guests. If Snow White was your favorite fairy tale, the seven dwarfs will be glad to live in your garden.
  • For a Zen garden or simply a contemplative spot in your garden, have a water feature, a small bridge or pebbled path and a stone Japanese lantern or statue of a Japanese goddess.
  • If your style is classical, there are replicas of the ancient Greek and Roman statues, as well as urns on pedestals spilling over with greenery stationed at corners or regal lions standing watch at the entrance.