How to Use Sculpture in the Garden

There are many different ways to use a piece of sculpture in a garden.

In a country garden we might incorporate pathways or an avenue of trees within the design that lead to a sculpture, thus creating an interesting vista. Alternately a piece of sculpture, cleverly placed, on the horizon or in the distance can provide an added point of interest to an existing view (or a reason for a walk!).

Not everyone has a spectacular “borrowed” landscape on their doorstep and for many town gardens, sculptural pieces are an excellent way to introduce a focal point. A sculpture can help to create a certain mood within the garden, by working in harmony with the planting. It can also be something to contemplate and draw inspiration from.

For her Ascot Spring Garden Show project, Catherine MacDonald has partnered with award winning sculptor David Harber.

Torus sculpture by David Harber at Eaton Square, London

After meeting with David Harber and discussing the garden design she has chosen to use a piece called ‘Torus’ that mirrors and frames its environment. This sculpture’s subtle convex curves and knife- edge seams combine with a central portal to provide contrast to the natural environment while simultaneously connecting with it through distorted reflections. The mirror polished stainless steel plays with light and reflections to mislead the eye and stimulate the mind. It is stunning as a distant focal point and intriguing when viewed close up.

Catherine designed the garden so that the ‘client’ would have a clear view of a beautiful sculptural piece to consider whilst sitting in the covered entertaining area. We are really looking forward to showcasing ‘Torus’ and seeing this garden take shape!

Catherine MacDonald’s design for the Ascot Spring Garden Show, showing the position of the sculpture

David Harber uses materials such as brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone in his sculptural pieces. David’s work can be viewed by appointment at his workshop.

Torus and Iris Torus sculptures by David Harber