Giant white sculpture of a flower?

in art, etsy, gardening, outdoor  2 comments
Sep 9 2012
White flower in white shell vase via Beach House Living

After spending a very productive and tiring Sunday afternoon weeding and clearing the very unused and unvisited side garden in the front lawn with husband, I allowed myself to revisit a year-old want.

A giant flower sculpture!

Needs be GIANT-sized, mind!

I have a fondness for quirky garden sculptures, not the usual naked maidens pouring water from an urn, or little girls holding bird feeders etc…

Whilst I dream of a garden in which I can place a wrought iron spiral staircase (to nowhere) or a full-sized giraffee peeking out from behind a tree, I’ve been thinking that a giant flower sculpture all in white might be a tad more achievable (and easier to move when we move!).

I have Sir Lancelot guarding a baby pink azalea… and I got a mummy sheep and baby sheep to guard my deep pink azalea. Now I want a giant concrete/sandstone flower (dahlia/camellia/rose/lotus) to sit in a random spot on the back lawn.

After leaving it a couple of months, I’ve gone on another Google-search-looking:

No. 3 Flower Wall Sculpture via Etsy seller Dillypad

No. 3 Flower Wall Sculpture via Etsy seller Dillypad

This would be perfect.

Except that this is meant for a wall, made from polymer clay (which will soften and wash away with rain with time) and only 6″ in diameter. I’m looking for something that’s about 5-6 feet across! It also occurs to me that this will quickly be a water drainage problem, which means mosquitoes will breed and it will green with mold and algae very quickly.

Metal Lily sculpture via Etsy: NatureofSteel

Metal Lily sculpture via Etsy: NatureofSteel

Metal Poppy sculpture via Etsy: NatureofSteel

Metal Poppy sculpture via Etsy: NatureofSteel

I love the elegance and detail of the metal flowers above… but this is not for outdoor use! Something in brass would be totally awesome!

Now the size of this one is more like it; at1800 x 1800 x 2100mm. The red powder-coated aluminium dahlia sculpture by Ivana Perkins as featured in the 2012 Sculpture in the Vineyards exhibition in Byron Bay.

Red Dahlia, by Ivana Perkins

Red Dahlia, by Ivana Perkins

The rose below… I love love love. Featured in the 2010 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Pity we had already moved up 12 hours away! Made by a member of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria.

Metal rose sculpture, via Your Easy Garden

Metal rose sculpture, via Your Easy Garden

Of course… the ultimate rose giant sculpture is of course, the one in New York! Artist Will Ryman, in conjuction with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and Paul Kasmin Gallery, installed 38 giant sculptures of rose blossoms in Park Avenue in 2010.

Will Ryman's "The Roses" On Park Avenue

I think this porcelain poppy is my favourite.

Porcelain poppy, via {far4}

Porcelain poppy, via {far4}.

Except of course, it’s tiny (comparatively) AND porcelain. How I wish it came in a giant form and was hardy sandstone!

But I think I’d happily settle for any of my favourite Andrea Sadek flowers in giant form, coloured… or not!

What I’d like is one of these camellias envisioned in white stone/outdoor material:

Camellia japonica, via Wikipedia

Camellia japonica, via Wikipedia

I wonder how much it would cost a sculpture to custom design one for me?

Mad?

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