Concrete Statue Buying Tips
Selecting a Sculpture
Choose something you love. A concrete statue can enhance a landscape but it’s not required. Don’t get caught up in something trendy. A sculpture can be contemporary, realistic, native, religious, traditional, personal, abstract, or an heirloom. If you like it, go for it.
Sticking with a Style
The style of your home or garden can influence which sculpture you pick. For example, if you have a Japanese style garden, it’s best to stick with lanterns, or a buddha statue to enhance and maintain that theme. For a contemporary style home, an abstract sculpture fits well. For a traditional style home, you might choose a formal statue or an abstract art piece.
Consider these options when deciding where to place a sculpture. Larger pieces act as a focal point and draw the eye to an area. Abstract sculptures make great focal points because they can be seen from all angles. Choose something to evoke emotion and consider the view in front, around, and in the distance.
Smaller sculptures bring you close to the garden. Place smaller sculptures in a mass of flowers to surprise and encounter wonderful works of art on a stroll through the garden.
In the midwest and similar climates, sculpture adds a point of interest in the winter among the snow, making it a striking focal point.
The size of the sculpture can make your garden feel smaller or larger. On smaller lots, don’t choose a large piece that takes up most of the garden. For a focal point, larger is better. For an accent, smaller is better. Use a large cardboard box or build a wood box to size to place and see how it looks in proportion to the yard.
Adding Additional Elements
Sculpture can introduce another element to the garden in the form of a water feature. Sculptures with water or incorporated with feeders attract wildlife and bring action to the garden. Lighting within the sculpture or on it can also enhance the garden.
Massing plants around a sculpture is a no-fail way to landscape. Plants can be chosen to complement the color of the art piece or to contrast with it. Choose plants that are smaller to not block the sculpture or backdrop. It’s also important to think about seasonal interest, such as when do they flower, is there foliage all year long, do they have interest in winter, and how do they coincide with the different views of the sculpture throughout the year.
Concrete Statues by Fleur de Lis Garden Ornaments LLC
This ornamental concrete statues by Fleur de Lis Garden Ornaments are handmade in the USA, using their secret poured concrete formula so each piece resists all weather climates. Their craftsman use acid stain formulas to bring statuary to life.
- All Statues are Made with 100% Concrete
- All Statues Are Weather Proof
- This Garden Statues Lasts a Lifetime
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This Angelique Statue Measures 14.5 inches H x 6.5 inches W
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How to Preserve a Concrete Statue
Concrete garden art accents your landscaping with designs that express your style, but those concrete statues need care just like your plants. Over time, weather elements wear away at the concrete, especially if it isn't sealed. Extreme temperatures also affect the integrity of the concrete. Cold winter temperatures in particular can cause cracking in concrete art. Preserving concrete statues doesn't require a lot of effort, but the payoff comes in a piece that stands up over the years.
1. Blow dirt off the statue using an air hose. Spray the statue with a garden hose to remove additional dirt or debris. Clean the statue every few months so the dirt and debris don't build up on the surface.
2. Apply a thin coat of Portland cement to cleaned and dampened areas that are cracked or chipped. Wet your finger to smooth out the cement. Allow the cement to dry for two hours. Mist the repaired area gently with water and wrap with plastic wrap. Mist the repaired area every day and replace the plastic wrap for five days.
3. Brush a waterproof concrete sealer over the surface of a clean and dry statue. Allow the ornament to dry for at least 24 hours or per the directions on the sealant container. Apply another coat of sealant if necessary to fully cover the concrete. Leave the bottom of the statue unsealed to allow the concrete to breathe. Apply more sealer to a statue every other year.
4. Empty water before winter if the statue contains a fountain or birdbath. Remove the bowl of the birdbath or cover it with a board. Remove the pump from the fountain if present.
5. Move the statue to an indoor location if possible for the winter months. Lift the base of the statue off the ground if you leave it outdoors. Use wood or tiles to separate the statue from the ground.
6. Cover the statue during the winter with a tarp if you leave it outdoors. This will protect it from the weather. Secure the cover with string so it doesn't blow off the statue.
Things You Will Need
- Air hose
- Garden hose
- Portland cement
- Misting bottle
- Plastic wrap
- Waterproof concrete sealer
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