While plants make a garden look awesome, they have one shortcoming that can only be achieved by statues. Statues are great at evoking the mood in a landscape. Before going out to buy a statue, one needs to decide on the mood they want to be emoted by the statue. Thereafter, a strategic position of the statue(s) will also have to be factored in. the size of statue will impact the overall placement in the garden since other thing like seating spaces, footpaths and plants will have be incorporated. It is ideal that one looks around other gardens to see how garden statues have been placed, and the effectiveness of placing them that way.
Place them in seating spaces
To begin with, statues are supposed to improve the overall look and feel of the garden. As such, they should be strategically placed to ensure that the intended mood is achieved. As such, statues have to be placed in places where they can be seen almost effortlessly.
In addition, small statues can be placed near, next to or in seating spaces depending on the actual size. This allows for a personal interaction with the specific statue as opposed to if it was placed in places with a lot of movement. Larger statues are more suited for the open garden since they may be sued as focal points etc. for example, they can be positioned in places with waterfalls, open spaces and so on.
Place them at intersections
Moreover, in order to use statues to achieve depth in landscaping design, one can place the statues next to or at the intersection of hedges etc. apart from being great at emoting mood, statues can be used to add depth to any garden. This piques the interest of visitors whenever they walk through the garden.
Specific spaces demand specific forms of statues. For example, there are specific forms of statues that can be used in reading spaces in a garden. Such ‘companion’ statues will have to be interactive, ‘friendly’ and appealing. ‘Weird’ can be used in spaces with peculiar plants, places with water pools, in or next to fountains and so on.
Consider placing them at turning spaces
Turning points in a garden can also be used as a space for statues. This is useful in determining the path that your visitors take while walking through your garden. Where do you want them to go first? You can give them subtle clues on which parts one should walk through first without out rightly telling them so. This can be used by positioning statues strategically at turning point in order to influence where your visitors go first, what they see first and the sequence or patterns you need them to follow.
Furthermore, your design of statue placement needs to show the interaction between the statue and other elements of your garden. For example, sculptures of deers need to be placed in open fields because fields are where most deers are seen by a human naked eye. A sculpture of a rooster needs to be placed in space that reflects the ‘traditional’ home. This can be on top of wooden barrels etc.
In light of the above information, it is always important to design an incorporated look and feel of your garden and use of statues is just one of the many ways of achieving that.