Great garden art ideas
Showing off our favourite pieces of art shouldn’t be restricted to hanging paintings on the living room wall or exhibiting kids’ pictures on the fridge. From small, accent pieces that draw your gaze into the garden bed to large, abstract sculptures that look stunning on a large patch of lawn, garden art not only enhances a landscape but can also become its major focal point.
Above image courtesy of Entanglements
While knowing what to choose and where to place it depends on a number of personal factors – style of your home, size of location, visual effect you’re after – there are a few things you can do to get the creative juices flowing.
Do you have a travel photo or family snapshot that would look great outside? Decorating an exterior wall with a custom-made aluminium print, like this one from The Canvas Factory, means you can get creative outside just like you do inside the home. The good quality ones are completely waterproof and weather-resistant, which means your family photo, child’s artwork or favourite movie poster can be displayed on the patio, pool deck or front porch.
One image can transform a bland exterior wall into the makings of an enticing outdoor room in an otherwise underutilised part of the yard. Featuring a reverse fold, concealed frame that makes it easy to hang, this Pandanus metal wall art from the multi-award winning design team at Entanglements, comes with base-lit LED lighting that allows you to enjoy the tropical silhouette after dark.
The beauty about working with a professional landscape designer is that it enables you to truly customise your outdoor environment, unifying both built and natural spaces with art that resonates with your personal taste. Awarded Gold at The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for his 2009, 2010 and 2012 show gardens; Paal Grant designs and constructs everything from luxury rooftop and balcony gardens, to ambitious show gardens and large scale residential projects.
Type ‘garden art’ into your internet search engine and you’ll come across a never-ending source of inspiration from around the world, including David Harber, whose clients include Dame Judi Dench and George Michael. Known for creating stunning outdoor sculptures that bring together “light, reflection and illusion”, work like this marine-grade stainless steel sundial can be engraved with personal details such as family names, birthdates and inspirational quotes.
Let me introduce you to Frieda La Frog, who has been cleverly fashioned from two old car tires, one truck tire and a number of recycled items. She’s a great example of how you can up-cycle discarded items while adding a little whimsy into the landscape.