Garden art, outdoor art, yard art, what ever you happen to call the pieces in your garden that add the character, life and x-factor that defines your personality in the landscape are wondrous and powerful things to behold. Besides our love affair with all the plants, trees and shrubs that make up a landscape, we have a vigorous need to fulfill the true expression of our personality. Putting on that stamp of definition is seductive.
The Northwest Flower and Garden Show draws visitors to its cavernous expanse of not only transcendent garden displays, but to shop! And shop! Hours upon hours are spent walking the aisles of marvelous artwork from vendors all over the world to find just the perfect piece of art to bring home.
However, this particular blog post is a bit different from just a good read about garden art. This post’s focus is more on the styles and uses of garden art and not simply explaining the typical informational heavy article on all the practical guidance on where to buy, how to choose and what to do with it. This is to get you think about how you interact with art in your garden and what art means to you in your landscape.
Flair is defined as a natural talent or distinctive and stylish elegance used to communicate or illuminate. What does your choice of garden art say about you and your garden?
Would you be most comfortable with classical art, contemporary, naturalistic? Is art mostly functional for you? What materials draw you to a piece of art? Metal, twig, stone? Or will it have whimsy and humor?
Water features are works of garden art that can be many varied styles and create tones of sound and feeling in a garden that define the space and how it’s used.
Art is used coming and going via the garden gate. Or as an exclamation point at a junction, a viewpoint in a landscape, directing your attention to specific sites.
Sometimes art is expressed via your choices of furniture or accessories. Bold and graphic or detailed and most noticed in just the right light.
When I step into someone’s garden, I know that when I see those little artful touches, or the placement of objects in a certain way, or the collected flotsam and jetsam that make up a lifetime, I can glean quite a bit of information about how they see themselves as much as what is openly revealed to me.
What makes your choice of garden art inherently you?