Dark Planet garden sculpture in traditional style courtyardContemporary Landscape, Oxfordshire

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John Adams Construction Co. wrote:Feb 26, 2013
  • misskimmerpie
    I would love to replace the grass yard with something even a little spectacular along these lines. Stunning yet simple.
  • Sue Walker

    Look on Pintrest where I saw how to make this.

heyjude333 wrote:Sep 18, 2014
  • slmrtm
    I'm sorry about your dog, but I can tell you this: it was not the breeding, it was the love you poured into him that gave him character. You'll have that again someday.
  • barrett7704
    Yes, there can be two best dogs on the planet. I know, because they are both mine!
Doris McFall wrote:Sep 7, 2014
tlegreid wrote:May 4, 2013
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    David Harber
    The sphere is 1m in diameter. The smallest size is 760mm diameter. The largest that we have made is 2m. We could make bigger!

    As for the base, the Dark Planer is quite a heavy piece so it is fixed to a sub ground level foundation pad of concrete.
  • Racil Finer
    Yes I want to play dog
tshofner wrote:Sep 12, 2016
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    David Harber


    Thanks for your interest.

    Could you email sales@davidharber.com or call +44 (0)1235 859300 in the UK or 312.895.1586 in the US. There are a lot of variations!

mpower002 wrote:Aug 18, 2015
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    David Harber

    Bit of a late answer but the sphere comes in these standard sizes: 76cm, 100cm, 120cm, 160cm And it can also be custom made to other sizes.

Whitley Hunter wrote:Aug 3, 2013
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    studio h2o
    Looks like crushed granite.
Lisa Lorentzen wrote:Jan 7, 2015

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Jo Simmons added this to 10 Reasons to Use Black in Your Outside SpaceJul 15, 2016

    4. It creates a beautiful focal point. Black draws the eye, but unlike a bright color or shiny material, it will not shock or jar, so it’s extremely versatile. Here, a black globe sculpture makes an unusual and artistic focal point without screaming for attention or overpowering the planting scheme. A black dog is an optional extra!

    Anne Colby added this to Photo Flip: Good Dog! Cute Pooches at HomeJan 16, 2016

    Tasha, a black Lab, complements this Dark Planet orb designed by David Harber. The garden sphere is made of hundreds of irregular black stones and is the focal point of this formal English courtyard. The sphere, pictured at about 3 feet in diameter, can be ordered as a fountain as well as a sculpture.

    Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to How to Choose and Site Garden ArtNov 25, 2015

    How to Site Your SculptureMake it a focal point. Centering a larger sculptural piece on axis with large windows or doors or at the end of a major pathway instantly creates a garden theme and draws visitors into the space. In order to successfully function as a focal point, the piece has to be able to capture attention, fuel the imagination, have an unexpected element or elicit tactile responses from viewers. The piece shown here functions effectively in this space because its scale is appropriate to the space, its texture forms a relationship with the stone walls, its shape mimics the shape of the wall arches and the circular path, its hue causes it to stand out, and it has an element of surprise without being jarring.

    Frank Organ added this to Circle Round for Great Garden DesignSep 23, 2013

    Spheres make a statement, especially when set in a circular pathway. I first saw slate spheres like this one a few years ago at the Chelsea Flower Show, and since have seen them used as very effective water features — most dramatically when lit from the inside, creating a stunning night feature.

    Alison Hodgson added this to How to Help Your Dog Be a Good NeighborSep 16, 2013

    Train. A well-behaved dog makes everything easier. Once upon a time I wasn't a fan of dogs. I just knew too many that were untrained and didn't get enough exercise. Frankly, it's a lot of work. Taking the time to train your dog early will pay off for years to come, for you and certainly your neighbors.Exercise. My friend likes to say, "A tired puppy is a good puppy." She's referring to her teenage son, but it's literally true, too. So many problems can be avoided by giving your dog a daily walk. It's good for both of you and builds your relationship.

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