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October 29, 2010

The West Australian

Garden art is another great — and increasingly popular — way to bring your outdoor areas to life, according to Anna Stafford, of the Complete Garden and Watergarden Warehouse. “I think it’s due to the ease of installation versus the impact it can have. Everyone has a blank wall that can be instantly transformed with a piece of wall art in a day’s work or less,” she said. “Mirrors, clocks, plaques or prints can all make a grand statement or add a delicate touch.” And for black thumbs, garden art could be used to create a major impact with minimum effort. “You don’t have to worry about your statue or sculpture having enough shade, when to prune it or watering it when you go away on holiday,” Ms Stafford said. “You can also make the most of awkward and unusual spaces.” Interior designer Brian Haftka, of Switch Homes for Living, agreed. “Large pieces are very handy if there’s a need to hide unsightly fencing or they can be used to jazz up a boring brick wall by attracting the eye to something infinitely more aesthetically pleasing,” he said. Greg Handcock, co-owner of Saint Verde Gardens in Applecross, said industrial and architectural styles were increasingly popular. “Garden art pieces including creations inspired using steel and an industrial theme, and retro architectural pieces including doors, gates, and mirrors are sought after to add scale and dimension to small outdoor courtyards,” Mr Handcock said. “The larger, the more impressive.”

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