The trick to choosing the right place for your sculpture is to think about the function of the space before the design. A sculpture could look great in the center of a room but if it’s a room that people are always walking through then it may not be efficient to have the sculpture blocking the way. When you choose the right space, you’ll be able to make the other design elements like colour and lighting work around it.
A window sill is a terrific place to display an entire collection of small sculptures. This one is ideal because it is a large window with a narrow window sill that isn’t functional for much beyond just showcasing your stuff. The light coming through the window highlights the different pieces and creates a great gallery area for your display.
Around the fireplace is a terrific place to add sculptures since this is a place that we typically use to show off our beloved objects. Most people will put their sculptures on the mantle but an option is a bench or low table in front of the fire. It gives more depth to the entire space. Make sure that your sculptures aren’t made of a material that will be harmed by the heat. Another idea is to display sculptures around the mantle. In this case, the sculptures are set off to the side of the fireplace on the floor. You can use pedestals or tables on either side of the fireplace as well. This is great in rooms where you want to make sculptures visible but keep them out of the way of foot traffic.
Another great example of how to keep sculptures out of the way but still on display, use your corners. Corners are a splendid place to display tall sculptures that can be set on the floor.
If you are interested in adding sculpture to your art collection, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our 18th annual sculpture exhibit – DIMENSIONS 2016. October 20-23, in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park.
Excerpts from Houzz.com 2009