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Sculp­ture is one of those art forms that can be just about any­thing that has a third di­men­sion. But of­ten its pur­pose is only known by the de­signer. The mean­ing gets lost on the rest of us, yet we of­ten say, ‘oh yes, of course’ and pro­vide some ac­knowl­edg­ment that we un­der­stand fully what’s hap­pen­ing.

At the end of the day it doesn’t mat­ter what you look at.

It’s the in­ter­rup­tion in a green space that brings your eye to a halt or the piece adds to what you are see­ing that is im­por­tant.

Be­vis Bawa’s ho­mo­erotic stat­ues strate­gi­cally placed around his Sri Lankan gar­den “The Brief”are more of a clas­si­cal sculp­tured stone, or mar­ble ma­te­rial, of­ten in the Gre­cian or Ro­man clas­si­cal shapes.

Other gar­dens that ei­ther com­mis­sion an artist or have some­one who can turn their hand to as­sem­bling a sum of a few bits into an in­ter­est­ing piece can take on a more con­tem­po­rary pre­sen­ta­tion.

Then you can stand and con­sider what the artist had in mind and see if you agree.

It’s a bit like work­ing your way through a con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion.

Sculp­ture is a good kids’ ac­tiv­ity. Chil­dren can make piles of stones next to rea­son­able-qual­ity gnomes and elves (if they ex­ist).

Another in­ter­est­ing thing they can make is a shal­low wa­ter pot with a favourite lit­tle ter­ra­cotta sculp­ture from the gar­den cen­tre.

Sculp­ture can also be made from ma­te­ri­als other than some­thing that has been con­structed for the pur­pose.

A set of stone steps gen­tly em­braced by some ground cover on ei­ther end can make for a form or shape that adds to a gar­den ex­pe­ri­ence. Bald­faced boul­ders of a nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring rock wall will do the same.

Let­ter boxes have some in­ter­est, an old gar­den seat that had been painted a ri­otous red or, de­pend­ing on the style of the gar­den, dare I say painted rocks.

But when the rocks that edge a gar­den are painted in the owner’s favourite foot­ball team’s colours, that is verg­ing on sculp­tural sac­ri­lege.

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