Bronze Garden Sculpture

A Noble and Historic Metal

Bronze is easy to work with, malleable and forgiving. It melts at low temperatures so is easy to cast. At the same time, it is very strong. For these reasons, sculptors throughout history have loved to work in bronze. This lofty past means bronze has come to be understood as a “noble, historic metal” says David Harber. “Sculptures in bronze – outdoors or indoors – are instantly recognizable as noble and historic pieces.


Patination is the production by oxidation of a coloured film on the surface of some metals, including bronze. And as it turns out, bronze patinates particularly well and prettily, with the addition of different chemicals enabling a broad range of browns, blues and greens. Bronze patination is also very stable, holding its colour and texture for many, many years. A lot of David Harber's bronze garden sculptures are patinated, with a bluey-green patination a favourite, as seen for example in the popular Mantle and Geminus garden spheres.

A blue-green patination works so well in gardens. It harmonizes with the natural environment”, explains David Harber.


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