Garden sculptures made of plaster and concrete are rapidly gaining popularity. The landscape designer or sculptor lives in every owner of the dacha, you just need to wake up this talent in yourself. We hope our inspirational selection will help you with this.
No garden or park can do without sculptures, which are made of various materials and installed in the center or secluded corners. You can, of course, order a finished composition, but it is much more interesting to make an original sculpture yourself, using cement or plaster. Such works are distinguished by durability and variety of forms. In addition, they can be painted in any color.
1. Concrete fungus
The simplest composition for beginners is a small concrete fungus. It can be a white fungus or a fly agaric, depending on which color you choose. Concrete for crafts should be like oil at room temperature — not too liquid, but not so thick that you cannot make round forms out of it. It is better to do the fungus in the summer, and the entire sequence of actions will consist of several steps:
1 To make a hat, make a depression in the sand, for example, using a deep bowl.
2. Put a burdock leaf on the bottom to give the future cap a roughness (like a real mushroom).
3. Insert a piece of reinforcement or pipe into the center of the cap to strengthen it. For legs, you can use linoleum or roofing felt, rolled into a tube and filled with a solution of cement.
4. After both parts are dry, fill the tip of the foot with a solution and attach a cap with a sticking piece of reinforcement.
5. After 3-4 days, the sculpture can be painted.
2. Leaves of concrete
If you have burdocks, mallow, rhubarb or other large-leaved plants growing on your land, do not rush to destroy them. Better use them for making concrete copies of the leaves.
Take 1 part of portland cement and 3 parts of sand and mix them with water to the consistency of cottage cheese. Pour a pile of sand and place a dense sheet without cracks on top. Pour it with cement mixture. When the solution is dry, separate the sheet and you will have a beautiful relief sculpture.
Such "leaves" can be painted with different colors, adding color to the garden. And they serve as excellent drinkers for birds.
3. Hemisphere Figures
One of the most simple varieties of concrete garden sculptures are various hemispherical objects - turtles, ladybugs, hedgehogs, painted on the circle of the flowerbed. For their manufacture, any suitable form is suitable - an old basin or bowl, half a ball or even just a hole in the sand, the bottom of which is carpeted with a newspaper. Cement is poured into a mold and waited for it to harden. With the finished hemisphere, you can do anything.
4. Reliable hands
Mini flower beds or pot holders and luminaires can be made from unnecessary medical gloves. To do this, fill the gloves with a cement mixture and put something on them to shape them, for example, the pot that they will subsequently support. After the concrete hardens, cut off the remnants of the gloves and fill the “hands” with earth and seeds, or place a small container with flowers in them. It looks very unusual.
5. Imitation boulders
If you see only small cobblestones and rubble, and you want to decorate the garden, for example, in the Japanese style, it will be easier to make concrete boulders yourself than to look for and transport natural stone. They will be hollow and light.
To begin with, form a frame of crumpled paper or foam. Wrap it with a plaster net. After that, put a solution on the frame with a spatula. Do not give it a perfectly smooth shape, otherwise the similarity with a natural stone will be lost. Cover it with cellophane and let it dry.
6. Riddle of concrete balls
Once in Costa Rica (and after and in other countries) strange ideal stone balls were found. It is hard to imagine that nature has managed to create such a composition. If you want to compete with her in the ability to make perfect geometric shapes - please!
7. Mosaic figures
Practically, any cement figure can be not only painted with bright or fluorescent paint, but also decorated. For example, decorate with colored mosaics or pieces of broken glass. To do this, you do not need to wait until the figure is completely dry, but lay it on mosaic directly on the raw cement. In this case, it is guaranteed to hold on for a very long time and will not fall off.
To make a concrete ball for the site, you need to take an old rubber ball of any size or a glass ceiling and gently fill them with cement. After drying, remove residual rubber or glass.
8. Frame sculptures
For those who have already practiced a little in the manufacture of figures from concrete, there are more complicated options that require the skills of a sculptor and the presence of spatial imagination. We are talking about frame products made of concrete. Using rebar, you can create any composition - from an angel to a fairy castle.
First you need to weave from the wire the contours and the basis of the future composition. The more accurately the frame is reproduced, the more accurate the final figure will be.
Monolithic works of art are made by applying cement directly to the frame. And to obtain a hollow form, the skeleton is wrapped with a building mesh and covered with cement.
After the first layer of cement is laid, you can form a general view of the future composition. The main textural elements are details of the face, turrets, lines, etc. formed when applying the second layer. if the elements are complex, a third layer may be required for the smallest details. When the statue dries out, it can be painted in any color or add the necessary shades.
9. "Sunk" sculptures
The figures that seem to "float up" from a green lawn or hide in other parts of the garden look very funny and unusual. Given the complexity and the need to give them a "movement", they are usually molded from plaster.
Gypsum diluted with water according to the instructions to the consistency of sour cream. To make the figure as it should, it should be poured into the finished form or you can make it yourself from clay. Soak the form of fat and pour the plaster. When it freezes, you will have one half ready.
Gypsum dries within 24 hours at a temperature of about 15 ° C.
Then make a soul mate. Glue both halves with moisture-resistant glue, and smooth out any irregularities with sandpaper and cut with a knife.
10. Soothing Figurines
Among other garden sculptures, there are also statuettes dedicated to one religion or another or reproducing famous monuments. Most often we are talking about angels, Buddha figures, or mysterious monoliths from Easter Island. It is quite difficult to create them, because it is necessary to take into account all proportions, sizes and characteristic features of each individual part. Most often, such sculptures are formed on complex frames, but the result can be considered the pinnacle of creative thought.
Garden sculptures are an opportunity to prove yourself and uncover those talents that you didn’t suspect. Start with simple models and gradually move to more complex ones, and then your garden will be filled with beautiful works of art made with your own hands.