Sculpture by the Lakes: 'Gloriously wild' - Telegraph
Ideally, build your garden around the art. Buy something you love, and try it out in different places you can see when you're having a drink in the evening or a coffee in the morning. Then you'll get pleasure from it every day.
• If your artwork is heavy and difficult to move, create a bamboo cross of a similar size, and place it in various spots in the garden, to see where it works, size-wise.
• Be brave. A classical garden doesn't necessarily need classical art. "What matters is that you get the right proportions, and don't just plonk them anywhere."
• Sculptures are almost always enhanced by being near water. "You'll get twice the amount of sculpture for your money with its reflection, and it will keep changing in different lights."
• Treat the plants around as you would a picture frame, and keep planting simple, so you don't distract from the art. Plant lots of the same small, simple, evergreens around or behind it, as a unified "wall" to act as a scene-setter.
• Don't clump several artworks together. They'll fight with each other.
• Keep the sculptures clean. Don't let them get covered in bird poo or cobwebs, or they'll lose their colouring and lustre. Bronze needs to be waxed at least twice a year.
• Not all sculptures need a tall plinth. Play with height, using a bamboo cross to plan its optimum position - and remember that plants around it will grow. Ideally use plants that can be clipped, if they start to obstruct the artwork.
• Place gravel at the base of a sculpture, so you don't damage it when mowing or strimming.
• Don't be afraid of being daring. The only people who have to love it are you (and perhaps your family) - so don't let neighbours' or friends' taste determine what you do. "Even gnomes can be incredibly joyous things if they're used theatrically, and looked after."