Dark Planet garden sculpture in traditional style courtyardContemporary Landscape, Oxfordshire
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.