Down a short flight of stairs from the sun porch, the outdoor space expands again into an amazing sculpture garden and lounge. A series of tall sculptures are mixed with tables and chairs that also have an artistic quality. Brooklyn remains as close as a glance over the wall but with so many visual delights between it and the garden, the city feels worlds away.
The owners of this Arizona property wanted an elegant and modern outdoor space that related architecturally to their house and would be used for entertaining in a gallery-like setting. The two large sculptures were pieces the owners had in storage, and they were incorporated into the award-winning design by landscape architect Steve Martino.
This pair of angel's wings was picked up from a local flea market. It's made from scrap wood attached to a frame made of wire that was bent to shape. A similar look can be achieved with wooden shims or with driftwood remnants.
A Georgia garden incorporates designs and statues loved by the homeowners, including Pacific Northwest style in the form of conifers and sculptures, like the one to the right, which are reproductions of Frank Lloyd Wright pieces. The statue is a Nichols Bros. reproduction of Wright's "Midway Sprite" collection.
Just a few feet from the front door, a raised travertine deck becomes a pedestal for abstract artwork. With floor-to-ceiling windows behind the piece, visitors can admire the sculpture no matter which way they're going.
The rawness of this stone sculpture contrasts with flowering plants, such as hydrangeas, in the Georgia garden of Lyman and Becky Smith. After Lyman Smith, a Georgia Tech graduate, retired from the telecommunications industry, he devoted time to creating his garden, with sections inspired by Japanese gardens, conifers from the Pacific Northwest and traditional Southern plants.
Adding statues creates dimension in front of flat retaining walls, says Linda Castle, owner of Decorated Designs, based in Marietta, Ga. She selected a series of Grecian figures that represent the four seasons and placed them on pedestals nestled among greenery against a wall in a pool area. The statues are iron, but were painted to be rust-resistant.