Summer garden decor season has nearly arrived and this means that folks who spend a lot of time in the backyard need to make some serious decisions. One choice involves the decor that may or may not still be in storage. If those sculptures and other decor items are still in the attic or garage, the first thing we need to do is unpack them for a quick inspection. Next on the list is picking out the angel statues and other sculptures that still belong in the backyard, and choosing the ones destined for the next garage sale.
Once we have the statues and decor meant for this year’s summer garden, we can think about new decor. Animal garden statues are always an easy, fun addition, especially when they are crafted with fine, realistic details. A beautiful angel sculpture can also lend a classic touch, whereas statues of gargoyles and dragons pay homage to fantasy realms and fairy tales.
However, one of the best new additions for any garden is an outdoor water fountain. For many, the beautiful blend of sculpture and falling water is a crowning piece for the yard, and it also acts as excellent welcome decor for a hotel or other place of business.
Fountains have always played a special role when it comes to decor. During the days of ancient Greece and Rome, stone fountains decorated with motifs of deities and other accents were a focal point in plazas and estates. The first fountains were essentially wells and springs that were engineered to provide easy access to fresh, running water. As with many projects involving stonework and masonry, the craftsmen also gave their projects an artistic touch by sculpting the blocks of limestone and marble.
The presence of the common, town fountain continued long after the fall of the Roman Empire with more elaborate fountains being constructed during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The 18th century Baroque era marked the opening of one of the most spectacular fountains of all time, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. This magnificent sculptural display of running water marks the place where the “Acqua Vergine” bursts forth from the ground, an aquifer that was discovered during the days of ancient Rome and has been used for drinking water ever since. Many modern Romans still believe that the water issuing forth from the fountain has curative properties.
Although few of us have the resources, enough land, nor the commitment to build something as grand as the Trevi Fountain, we can still decorate the backyard with a beautiful, classic garden fountain. This can take the form of a classic, multi-tiered Italian-style fountain, a fountain that features sculptures of Saint Francis with animals, or one that neatly decorates the corner of the backyard (see the Saint Remy Lion Corner Fountain). Such classic-themed fountains are a fine addition to backyards that feature Greek garden statues, angel sculptures, and Victorian-themed decor, although they also lend an exquisite touch to any backyard.
Modern fountains are another option, especially for gardens that stick with statues of animals and other natural themes. A fountain in the shape of a pagoda or cascading bamboo can work well with Asian garden statues, whereas decor like the Chapoteo Del Sol Sculptural Fountain is a good way to decorate the backyard with a touch of modern class.
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