Yard Art, How Much is Too Much?

Yard Art, How Much is Too Much?

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If you came to visit us at the Home and Garden show last year, you may recall that we featured metal sculpture from Tulsa artist Lisa Reagan at our booth and many of you really enjoyed it! In his travels through the metro, Jerry recently came across a yard that seemed to be determined to abuse the privilege of displaying sculpture, and while it was evident that the residents enjoyed their collection, we thought we would share some tips on choosing and displaying yard art, so here they are!

Less is more

When going for a sophisticated, upscale look, or even just trying to stay under the radar of your local HOA, less is usually the way to go. This goes for the number of pieces, how varied they are, and choosing placement that spaces your visual surprises throughout your landscape, rather than crowding them all into one tiny space. Even beautiful sculpture can be overwhelming if displayed improperly. Choose your pieces carefully, opt for a more expensive piece that really has the right impact and can be added to later, over several smaller pieces that really don’t get the point across. Also, choosing one larger piece can create a more appealing visual, with your focus going to one place, rather than breaking up the attention and making your space look busy.



The scale should be chosen to fit the surrounding architecture, whether that is the house or other structures. Select pieces that complement the existing space, so that they don’t overpower other elements that are valuable in your aesthetic. Choosing pieces that are too small for a space can be equally as disappointing, especially if you intend to create a high impact focal point. To “Try out” pieces in your space, photograph the space, and the art, then superimpose the sculpture over the photo of the space, either by cutting it out and pasting it on top of a printed image, or using photo editing software to merge the two images. This is not foolproof but can save a lot of costly mistakes.


Style and taste

There are two schools of thought on style and taste level, and as many definitions of both as there are lovers of art. The first school says that design should win out, and that taste is dictated by what is considered beautiful by others. If you are looking to create a space that is inviting or will help maintain your resale value, this is the school for you.

The second school says, forget about others, please yourself! This can be a lot more fun, but don’t expect everyone to agree that the six old ladies bending over in your front yard are the coolest thing they’ve seen since Armstrong landed on the moon! And, unless you are looking to start a war, be aware of how your installations effect your neighbors and others’ impressions of the neighborhood.


This is one of the yard art/landscape sculpture pieces we displayed in our booth from Tulsa artist, Lisa Reagan. We love using sculptural elements like this that contrast with surrounding surfaces,and stay the same through the seasons.