Expression and Reminder: Concrete Garden Statues
Whenever I gaze upon a statue I always feel as though I am witnessing a being. He or she seems to be either deep in thought or stretched in action. Even if it is an animal, the concrete garden statues I’ve come across feel to me like an expression of the landscape. Or at least a reminder left for me and other passersby of something important to them.
I personally enjoy the meditating and more abstract figures. This is because when details are left more open, it allows me to fill in the blank spaces. I also think plants curling up next to a concrete garden statue look more exciting when the statue isn’t too defined. If you have ever had the delight of witnessing a child see something for the first time, they don’t ask you for its name. They look at it, touch it, walk around it. They interact with the unknown discovery. Until an adult tells them that it is a bolt, at which point they promptly get up and walk on. As if the once mysterious thing is now categorized and no longer warrants a sensory investigation.
Plants are a bit like that I think. At least they seem to wrap themselves around a totem pole-like stone more stunningly than a fully articulated statue of a woman holding a basket. My preference for the abstract allows the plants to shine within the frame so to speak of the sculpture. The more pure the treatment of the material, the better the plants look next to it.
Even a face can leave this kind of room for the plants. Simplified features are more open to interpretation. This leaves room for dreaming. Dreaming and gardens go together. This is why I create concrete garden statues that minimize specifics and expand generalities. You won’t find highly articulated carved butterflies here. But that’s okay, because the plants I recommend attract real butterflies to land on the statues!