8 Considerations in Selecting Outdoor Sculpture
Choosing Appropriate Outdoor Sculpture for Your Estate Gardens
1. Types of Outdoor Sculpture
(Left) An alley of trees aligns a Dallas courtyard, dancing in perfect symmetry when illuminated. (Right) This custom, sculptural water feature plays against the pool to create a stunning reflection reminiscent of the evening sky.
2. Selecting the Appropriate Style
While not exactly the art of notoriety, families from afar still love to visit Highland Park’s best-kept secret, Teddy Bear Park in Lakeside. This collection of huggable, larger-than-life stone sculptures were donated by the Harlan Crow family as a Christmas gift to the town of Highland Park in 1995. Photo by hellolittlehome.com.
Experience Brad Oldham‘s iconic art at home with estate-sized BIRD sculptures. These birds are thoughtfully positioned within the wading pool and garden adjacent to the sublime mid-century modern swimming pool.
In 1976, I.M. Pei, architect of Dallas City Hall commissioned Henry Moore to create a sculpture for the city of Dallas to be placed in the plaza in front of the building. Moore designed the massive, organic form to complement Dallas City Hall’s geometric structure and the wide horizontal plane of the plaza.
The organic shapes of this abstract human form contrast nicely with the sharp angles of the surrounding pool, risers, and steps at this Westover Hills estate.
7. Surrounding Elements
Plants can serve as a backdrop, compliment the color of your garden sculpture, and add seasonal interest. Your professional landscape designer will take all of this into consideration when creating the ideal surroundings for your art.
Sculpture: Nic Noblique; Photo: Stephen Reed | View more of our Pebblebrook project.
Creating a path toward or even around your outdoor sculpture can assist in making it a focal point of your garden. From concrete, terrazzo, limestone, or gravel, selecting the right materials for your pathway to compliment your art is an integral part of the design process.
Sculptural Bench: Studio Marekko | View more of our Westgate project
Water Features as Outdoor Sculpture
A soothing water feature can add the element of serene sound, lift spirits, and even be a sculptural element in itself.
This architectural water feature sculpture is a feast for the senses.
While ambient cityscapes or starry nights can certainly enhance your art’s beauty, in order to fully enjoy your garden sculpture under the evening sky, selecting the proper lighting is key. Not only can it showcase your garden sculpture, but the right outdoor lighting can bring your entire landscape into vibrant view.
Sculpture: Willian Prokopiop; Photo courtesy of Lintz Services
8. Outdoor Sculpture Installation Logistics
- Access for construction vehicles
- Concrete footings
- Crane for placement
- Professional installation