As you wander through a garden, large or small, you may suddenly be faced with a strategically placed work of metal garden art.
Although puzzled at first, you move closer to get a better look and are surprised to discover that those are not ducks in the pond, but bronze feet appearing to walk across the water!
As you continue your adventure you find two dogs digging in the dirt, the upper half of one disappearing into his newly dug hole. But no, those are not real dogs. To your delight, you discover they are bronze replicas perfectly capturing the dogs in their frenzied activity.
What Other Surprises Will This Garden Reveal?
If you had explored the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, in the summer of 2009, you might also have discovered a 10′ wide rusted metal spider in his web, half a dozen giant metal men in tuxedos and a stylish bronze scarecrow. Each adding their own whimsical touch to an already inspiring garden. From small city yards, to magnificent public gardens, metal garden art can be used to charm and entrance.
Although most people will not have ponds with magical feet, there is a wide variety of wonderful metal garden art to suit every taste and budget.
Colorful, Playful Recycled Metal Sculptures
Years ago, I visited the studio of Dog Bite Steel artist Jean Pierre Schoss.
His metal sculptures are made from recycled oil tanks, broken bicycles, discarded tools, and any castoff metal that his creative mind can incorporate into his fanciful art. I felt like I was in a wonderland, full of magical creatures and colorful flowers. I even took a photo of my 6′ son standing under a big, red, metal moose.
Some of the wonderful pieces that I left with included moose standing, dancing, and sitting in a canoe, bunnies, a dog with a bone, a pensive cat, a grinning crocodile, and pink and blue divas. I also found lots of tall colorful metal flowers stakes, and more than a few crazy critters.
Believe me, I wanted to take home everything I saw, but neither my budget, nor my minivan would permit that!
Exploring gardens, both public and private, is one of my favorite pastimes. I get inspiration from the garden designs and the gorgeous plants, but I am equally enthralled by the garden art that I encounter on my journey.
Embrace your inner artist and add some wonderful, whimsical metal garden art to your outdoor decor.