The Perfect Garden Statues for year-round Gifting
Choosing the perfect gift is always a fun challenge. You are trying to pick a physical item or service that reflects your care for someone and also a respect for their personal tastes. The perfect gift, in essence, says, “I care about you, and I also know you well enough to know you’re going to like this.” To make those statements effectively is your objective. One of the best ways to do this is by gifting someone a garden statue. Not only can you totally nail the perfect garden statue gift, but once you do, the statue will likely be posed in the garden for a long time, so each time the recipient sees it, they will be reminded of your generosity and caring. Here are some options to help you pick out just the right garden statue gift.
Animal statues are probably the safest bet when it comes to a choosing the right garden gift. Everyone likes at least one animal. Some like domestic animals, others prefer wild or exotic animals, and others prefer rare or even extinct ones. Some might even get a kick out of an animal statue with a hint of interesting irony, such as a fish or an anthropomorphized animal that is praying, meditating or doing something else typically ascribed to a human. Whether you are looking for a dog statue or a more wild forest statue we have the perfect statue for anyone in your life.
Another advantage of an animal statue is that it is unlikely to cause accidental offense. Some other choices can only be made if you know for a fact the kinds of beliefs the recipient has. If you are unsure, an animal statue is likely your safest bet.
After many years in the spotlight, modern art is still en vogue. This holds true for garden statues as well. The modern movement involves a purposeful deviation from “traditional” or “classical” practices or art forms. Anything that deviates from the norms of our parents can be classified as modern. When it comes to garden statues, there are several good modern statue choices. Rounded or over-sized statues make a nice, modern statement. These also can become instant conversation pieces for visitors to your garden space. “Where’d you get this?” Or “Wow, that’s nice,” kinds of comments are often inspired by modern garden statues. The impact is emphasized with a modern choice as the statue is less likely to blend in with the surroundings. If you're in the market for modern you may also want to look at some modern planters for your garden.
Art with a story benefits a space because of its inherent dynamism. It is multi-faceted and therefore has more depth. This is part of the appeal of mythical statues. A mythical statue inherits not just the beauty of the piece but the backstory of the figure being represented. Also, a creature or person born from the imagination of a storyteller is going to bring with it the intrigue and otherworldly qualities of the creative juices that produced it. Mythical statues give you all of that in one central figure. You can also use elements of the backstory to help decide which flowers and plants to put around the statue. That way, the narrative background of the creature can match the literal, physical background provided by the person’s garden.
When choosing a mythical statue, you should exercise some care. There are some “myths” that could be offensive to people, particularly if they involve magic or spiritualism. Some religious people are offended by supernatural things such as magic or what are called pagan spirits. You likely already know if this is the case with the person to whom you are gifting the garden statue, but if you don’t, you may want to err on the side of caution.
Some people choose to augment their faith while in their gardens. A garden is, after all, a place of peace and serenity, and religion provides people with those feelings as well. So, the joy people get from religious statuary can be quite special indeed. Some people even use religious statues as part of their worship. For example, the cross is used in prayer. Others use religious statues in order to serve as a headstone for the buried ashes of a loved one or even a pet. For those who enjoy Eastern religions, Buddha is a popular choice. Buddha art has often been incorporated in modern, Eastern-inspired garden art as well, even without any particular religious reference. Choosing to get someone a religious statue is a personal choice—both for the one getting the gift and the one receiving it. So if you know someone who needs some Buddha Art for their outdoor space, you know where to look.
Statues of People
The human form is perhaps the most intriguing in all of art. Perhaps it’s because we relate to it on a personal level, or perhaps we’re simply drawn to what looks most like us. Either way, a statue of a person makes for a great gift. Statues of people also, like mythical statues, can contain an implied narrative. As we walk by a statue of a person, we get a taste of the narrative as we take a small foray into their world. The care or sense of peace often shown on the face of a human garden statue can be comforting, blending nicely with the intended vibe of the garden.
A human garden statue can also be a nice choice because the figure may represent the recipient, the giver or a family member—alive or passed away. In addition, the hobbies or favorite pastimes of the recipient can be reflected in the choice of a human statue. It could be a love of golf, animals, or children—human statues lend themselves nicely to letting someone know you have taken notice of what they are into and what will make them feel the most at peace.
Your options are clearly wide when it comes to choosing the perfect gift for someone who has a garden. A well-chosen statue is a tasteful, three-dimensional fixture in a garden space. It can complement the garden and in some cases, “play” in it as an active participant in the beauty. To explore your options, pay a visit to Outdoor Art Pros. You can access the at OutdoorArtPros.com. You will see a wide variety of garden statues—any one of which can be the perfect gift for that special someone. You can also give them a call at 1-888-562-7602.
- Sarah Skidmore