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Where’s the Best Place to Install My Bronze Garden Sculpture?

"“You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution to their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic.”

There’s lots to consider when deciding where to position and install your beautiful handmade bronze sculpture. As well as the aesthetic factors—determining how your piece will sit in the natural landscape of your garden—there are some practical features to identify, too. Qualities that will ensure that your sculpture maximises its life cycle and can be enjoyed by you and your family for years to come. 

For these practical considerations, it’s important to understand the differences between hot and cold cast bronze sculptures and the inherent physical properties of each option.

But enough confabulation! Let’s find the perfect spot for your bronze garden sculpture and recreate the pages of classic literature in your glorious outdoor spaces!

Blend with the natural landscape

Your first mission is to think about where you’re likely to get the most visual satisfaction from your bronze sculpture. Perhaps in the site line of a summer house or bay window, so you can enjoy the stunning handmade piece while you’re relaxing or preparing dinner in the kitchen. 

Or, alternatively, position in a prime location on your patio so you can take in the aesthetic splendor of Alice, Mr Tod or The Dodo while you bask in the afternoon sun. It’s worth taking some time to consider exactly where you’ll get the most enjoyment out of your sculpture. There's plenty of scope to be creative with the placement of the Cheshire Cat, for example. Emerging from hedgerows, placed atop a retaining wall to give the illusion that the charming Wonderland character is surveying the landscape around him. The possibilities are endless, the garden is your stage, and you are the curator!

Think about your garden’s flora and plant life, too. These sculptures are inspired by the magical realms of children’s literature, and you’ve got an opportunity to create a world of natural wonder in which your piece can sit. Kaleidoscopic blankets of flowers will harmonize perfectly at the feet of a Penny Bronze Alice sculpture, while Peter Rabbit will look quite at home in your vegetable patches, a whimsical nod to the gardens of Mr. McGregor. Have fun, paint with all the colours, and establish a vibrant organic setting for your sculpture.

peter rabbit with radishes

Hot Cast Bronze…built to last 

One of the most beneficial characteristics of a hot cast bronze sculpture, one that determines its more expensive price point, is its robustness. Because of the naturally hardy properties, using ancient techniques that have survived for thousands of years, a hot cast bronze sculpture is built to last generations.

The hot cast bronze sculpture’s resilience means you can be much more flexible with its placement, safe in the knowledge that it will stand up to the concerns of potential damage and elemental decay. There are examples of bronze sculptures in perfect condition from the days of the Harappan civilization, dating back to 2500 BC, so a fallen tree branch isn't anything to worry about when choosing your perfect garden spot!

queen of hearts sculpture

Cold Cast…treat with care

While a hot cast bronze sculpture is built to survive generations—by comparison, you will find the cold cast option to be less durable. So there needs to be a degree of care and consideration when thinking about placement.

That’s not to say a cold cast sculpture doesn’t have any natural robustness—you can find its use in the fabrication of large fiberglass boats—it just will not withstand the same degree of blunt impact of its hot cast counterpart. 

So, search for a place where not likely to topple over, or find itself in the proximity of a vigorously mishit cricket ball or a windswept tree branch! It’s important to understand that if a cold cast sculpture is struck with sizable force, sadly, there could be a sour turn in the story. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast. In the event of a heatwave, for example, it's advisable to make sure your cold cast sculpture finds a place of shade to avoid expansion and contraction, and, in very extreme cases, cracking.

alice and cheshire cat

How can we help?

If you’d like any guidance on the best place to position your bronze garden sculpture, or for installation advice in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Let’s bring the enchanting world of literature to life in your garden.

Posted on July 21st 2022

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