No yard is complete without at least one work of marvelous metal yard art.
Even the most die-hard gardening purists have been seen quietly sneaking an item or even two into their backyard. Considering the variety of artists working in this field, and the selection of materials to pick from, the options are endless. Whatever your style, you will discover at least one piece of metal garden art to provide year-round color and personality in your garden.
Steel is the most popular metal used to create metal garden decor because it’s affordable, adaptable, and simple to work with. It’s used for garden sculptures, decorative garden stakes, wall art, bird feeders, wind spinners and lanterns. Steel may be varnished, painted, or left in its natural state to rust. Some artists actually mix rusted steel with treated metal to create pieces with a really distinctive look. For a more contemporary look, rust resistant stainless steel is used to produce impressive, architectural works.
Some of the most innovative and fanciful pieces of metal yard art I’ve seen are produced from recycled metal. Recycled metal oil tanks or drums, discarded bikes or trikes, broken tools, and nuts and bolts, all of these become the raw materials for the creative eco-artist. A broken rake becomes a bird, and a rusted oil drum is incarnated as a happy pig, or dancing devil.
Copper is popular for metal yard art as it is attractive, long lasting and brings a touch of class to virtually any garden. When left to oxidize it will age beautifully to a natural green patina. Alternatively it can be preserved using a clear coating to keep its bright, shiny look. Copper bird baths and garden stakes add elegance to any decor.
For a more traditional look add a bronze garden statue. Bronze sculptures have been around for thousands of years and have been built to pay tribute to fallen heroes, leaders as well as saints. Today they include more playful subjects like children and their pets. Bronze statues continue to be popular these days because they’re classic, timeless, and can last for generations.
Metal garden decor can add beauty, elegance or whimsy to any garden. Whatever your style, classic, modern or simply playful, metal garden art will warm your heart on even the coldest winter day.