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With winter approaching, you’re running out of things to plant. If your garden or backyard needs some pizzazz, how about buying or making an outdoor sculpture?
The right one would look beautiful year-round with no upkeep. I’ve compiled this list of garden sculpture ideas to inspire your next yard project. Happy reading!
These Stone Sculptures Will Rock Your World
Light Up Your Garden With This Crescent Moon
This circular garden sculpture resembles a sleepy crescent moon, right down to its smooth, cool white and gray stones. I could definitely see this in a moon garden – a type of garden filled with light-colored things to reflect the moonlight.
Compared to other rock sculptures on this list, this one is special for two reasons. Rather than simply stacking rocks, it has them conform to a molded shape. And whereas the rock sculptures below sit on the ground, you could hang this one on a wall.
Or Simply Stack Some Stones
These sculptures are pleasantly simple — just some welded wire frames filled with smooth river rocks. If you can weld (or know someone who can), you could probably make similar sculptures out of wire coat hangers.
What’s nice about these is their customizability. You can fill the frames with whatever you choose, including Easter eggs, in spring. With larger frames, you could even stack colored glass bottles for the sun to shine through.
You Might Prefer This Perfect Pillar
This elegant sculpture resembles a series of water droplets about to make a splash. Though it would look great anywhere, I could especially see it in the rippled sand of a zen garden.
Despite its simplicity, this sculpture makes a great focal point because of its boldness. Its smooth, marble-like texture is a nice finishing touch.
And How About This Balancing Act?!
How often do you see stones stacked into an oval? I’m not sure how the artist achieved this balancing act, but I love how it turns ordinary stones into something extraordinary.
This sculpture beautifully frames the water behind it. Don’t have a creek of your own? Consider creating the impression of one with a dry riverbed.
Doesn’t This Trio Look Like It’s Talking?
Though each of these stone towers is beautiful, they’re more attention-grabbing as a trio. Don’t they look like they’ve gathered for a chat?
Their cool whites and grays contrast nicely against the colorful background foliage. And they appear to be perched on a hill. What a great way to make them stand out!
Find Some Friendly Faces
Relax With These Sleeping Boulder Buddhas
What a clever use for broken statues! Without bodies, these statue Buddha heads look like they’re napping. Notice how some of them look like they were carved into the boulders they’re leaning against. These would make any garden more relaxing.
Or Give A Statue Luxurious Locks
Vines can be beautiful on their own, but they look even better in art pieces, like this. Doesn’t this bust look like she might flip her long hair over to one side, at any moment? And in comparison to the stony head they rest on, don’t the vines look as soft as real hair?
If I imitated this sculpture, I’d use morning glory vines for their dainty blue flowers.
Meet These Metal Masterpieces
What Whimsical Whirling Wind!
What an exciting addition to any yard! This lively garden sculpture reminds me of a dust devil or waterspout. The loose, rusty red spirals create an illusion of swirling motion.
Also, notice how they compliment the tall red flowers on the left. As it’s shown in this picture, this sculpture probably looks best on a patch of grass.
And What A Simply Serene Circle
This sculpture’s minimalistic, unnaturally perfect shape makes it a focal point amid the surrounding vegetation. Wouldn’t it be fun to pass through this circle on your way along the path below it?
You could make a similar structure by upcycling any large hoop. I’d choose a lightweight material, just in case it ever falls over.
Check Out These Metal Petals
If I saw these flower sculptures on a gray winter day, I’d instantly feel warmer. Of course, they’d be just as beautiful any time of year. Their rusty, reddish-brown provides a pleasant contrast against the surrounding greenery.
Though I can’t see the house very well from the angle in the picture, I’m guessing the flower sculptures make it look friendlier.
And Meet The Friendly Neighborhood Ostrich!
You’d never feel alone with this ostrich sculpture. I love how it imitates fluffy ostrich feathers with plants artfully placed between its long neck and legs.
Whereas other metal yard sculpture ideas on this list look rusty, I’m guessing this one is made of stainless steel. Its silvery appearance helps it stand out against the organic-looking background.
Peer Through This Peaceful Portal
Here’s another pleasantly minimalist sculpture. But unlike the circle sculpture above, this one has two overlapping curves. As a result, it almost looks like a swirling tunnel.
Its rusty brown ties together the grassy tan plant on its left and the tan gazebo behind it. The two curves also nicely frame the area inside them.
But Don’t Pet The Resident Ram!
If this ram wasn’t made of metal, I’d want to pet it. But even then, it might headbutt me!
I love how the metal coils on this sculpture create the illusion of wool, and its horns are nicely twisted into spirals. Whoever made this sculpture has a way with metal.
Aren’t These Pipes Totally Tubular?
This glistening metal tube sculpture is probably the most elegant piece on this list. The tubes look like they’re falling in slow motion, and see how their angles form a curve?
Their brassy color also contrasts against the purple foliage behind them. I wonder if you could play them like a xylophone?
What A Handsome Use Of Hardware!
No matter the hour or season, this rusty flower is always in bloom! Notice the cleverly upcycled hardware nuts on its stamen.
This metal flower differs from the previous ones because it lacks a stem, making it appear like a water lily in a pond. Just don’t step on it!
And How About This Shovel Blade Blossom?
This sculpture looks like a flower or windmill. Whatever it is, it’s a great way to upcycle old shovel blades and it gives the surrounding area a more rustic feel. If you wanted to, you could make your own version, without a pole, and hang it on a wall.
What Whimsical Woodwork!
Feel Refreshed With A Splash Of Circles
Whoever made these backyard sculptures has a way with woodwork! Each piece looks so fluid-like, and see how it appears to splash upwards? The circles remind me of the bubbles in seafoam. Like the whirlwind metal sculpture above, these sculptures can make any area feel more lively.
To make similar sculptures, I’d use plywood because it’s relatively easy to cut through.
And Enjoy These Colorful Columns
With their whimsical spots and stripes, these candy-colored columns really light up the surrounding area. Like the stacked stone trio above (without the wire frames), each of these columns is made better by the other two. But unlike the other trio, each member in this group is a different height.
Witness These Woven Wonders
Don’t Worry, They’re Friendly
Unlike other people or animal sculptures on this list, these fairies look like they’re doing something exciting. I’m not sure what — maybe dancing? Whatever the case, they’d make any backyard feel friendlier.
If you wanted to, you could probably make similar sculptures by weaving stripped vines through fairy-shaped wire mesh. For laughs, leave them where guests might encounter them by accident!
But Where Does This Pretty Passage Lead?
Here’s a backyard landscaping idea to beautify a wild-looking area. The fuzzy-looking, straw-like material provides a textural contrast against its rugged surroundings.
This dark structure makes the grass in its circle appear to glow. It almost seems like a magic portal — could it take me to the future? The past? Wonderland?
Maybe To This Handsome Hut!
Who wouldn’t want a cozy garden getaway like this? What a pleasing use of a corner. Notice the contrast of the elegant white walls and flowers against the earthy brown hut.
I like how it has holes you can look through, but also enough coverage for shade. And see how the stepping stones complement its round shape?
Which Of These Garden Sculpture Ideas Are Your Favorites?
Sculptures are a low-maintenance way to beautify any yard. I hope my list inspired you to buy or make your own!
Would you want any of these garden sculpture ideas in your yard? Or do you have an idea of your own? Please let me know in the comments! And if you enjoyed this article, please share it.
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