The intention of this page is to talk a little about plinths for garden sculpture. To tell you about some of the options that we have available, and to show you some ideas in use.
Plinths can very much change the dynamic of a garden sculpture. Sometimes the artist will supply a plinth, but often they come without. In a way, that is almost an preferable option as the artist will not be aware where you want to display the work, or how you actually see it. Sometimes at shows I will display the same piece on two different plinths and this will quite often invoke comment "Oh I think I prefer it on that one".
Now I have to admit that this page is slightly work in progress, but I have divided it up into two sections. Firstly a selection that I have available or can get hold of. Then a section below that with some examples of the ones above along with some ideas.
These cast Portland stone plinths have been created for me by Steve the stonemason in Dorset. They were made initially as an alternative for the Jon Allen ribbon sculptures, but then I found that they worked well with other pieces.
The base is 24 x 24 x 5cm, the pedestals are then 13 x 13cm square and come in heights of either 30cm or 65cm.
The Portland stone is sourced locally and then cast using a setting agent. Why not use a whole piece of Portland stone and cut it? Cost! But available should you wish.
I think the finish on these is excellent, and I personally would not pay more for cut stone. The colouration on the 'white' ones is pretty much the same as Portland a slightly creamy colour with a few dark flecks. The grey ones, have a little coal dust to gives the colouration, which gives a attractive slightly mottled texture
These plinths come from and are intended for use with the Jon Allen ribbon sculptures.
There is a choice of black or silver. The black are powder coated. The silver (or aluminium) have been etched in the artists attractive style, giving interesting light reflections. They have been coated to give a protective finish
As with all these plinths they are made using 2mm aluminium. Standing 31cm (1ft) high, the base is 23 x 23cm and the top 14 x 14cm, with the central column which has a wooden core to add more weight, slighty smaller at 12.5 x 12.5cm. There are 4 x pre-drilled holes in the base plate to allow the plinth to be fixed down more firmly
By default these sculptures are always sold with a black plinth. If you would prefer silver, please contact me or add a note to the order form.
Probably the best known choice, Wood Plinths. There is something about the colour of wood which often helps to promote the exhibit. They can have a preservative finish, but better to let the wood ages naturally and enjoy the changing tones. As they are cut not fabricated it makes it easier to have a one off size for any particular sculpture.
We can offer a choice of different hard woods such as oak, beech, cedar, lime. They come from a local timber mill. The wood is all responsibly sourced (and this can be verified) and is often reclaimed timber.
Price : there are so mainly variables in size in type of wood that it is not easy to list. Please ask for details and I think you'll find it's not too bad.
Again the work of Steve the stonemason. The intention was to provide plinths which were more substantial, which looked good, (and didn't look like a Greek column!) were cost effective and were moveable.
These are 30 x 30 x 30cm and are cast using Portland Stone. The base and centre are left hollow, with 5cm walls. This is to reduce weight and make them lighter to move. They can be stacked together to give a more substantial plinth. The edges are bevelled to give an interesting demarcation line.
They are constructed the same way as the pedestal plinths and are available in white or grey.
I had these steel cubes made, kind of on spec as they say. They were made from mild steel and now they have rusted a bit more, they are looking OK. Although in fact it would have been better if they had been made using corten steel. But a lot more expensive, and these are rusting up quite nicely mow. Corten is an interesting type of steel it is designed to rust in a certain way, so the rust actually becomes a protective outer layer.
The images below are examples to give some ideas for plinths. Some of them are of pieces shown elsewhere on this website to show what they would look like on a different plinth. Other are pictures I've taken when I have been out and seen something and thought to myself.....that's an idea. Ocean I feel is the best example, looking so different in 4 different places. I've also included images of pieces which in my view are crying out for a plinth.