We’ve gone over many different ways and theories to incorporate art in your home, now it’s time to talk about the great outdoors! In our second post here on OTG home and heart, Vivian wrote about how many people forget that outside spaces (like porches) can be ideal for certain media. Here in Mississippi (and all over the South, really) porches are used as a sanctuary for afternoon naps, morning meals, and cozy reading spots.
Art can easily be incorporated into your porch design. A small sculpture or ceramic piece on a side table, for example. Or one of Clyde McDowell's found object sculptures hanging on your wall like a trophy from a fishing trip. Generally, you should stay away from hanging paintings in a non-climate controlled environment. Of course, if you’re really bold, then you can ask an artist to paint a mural or alfresco on one of your outdoor walls.
Your yard can be a great place to put larger sculptural pieces. These pieces will be exposed to the elements, of course. Therefore you should consult with the artist about whether the materials are appropriate for all-weather situations. Walter suggests that painted metal sculptures often last longer against deteriorating rust. So if you’re looking for a piece that will last for generations, then that may be the way to go. Of course, different metals react differently to water, air quality, etc. The Statue of Liberty, which is made of copper, was shiny brownish-orange for decades before turning her current green.
It’s always good advice to talk to the creator of the piece you’re buying about care. They may have good advice about keeping the media looking the way it was when it was created. Or perhaps the artist’s intention was to have the piece deteriorate and evolve over time, which adds potential meaning and conversation to the piece.
In any case, art shouldn’t be confined to the bedroom, living room, hall, etc. It’s time we all thought outside the house.