Bench of Contemplation
The Blagrave Dial
Lattice Water Wall
Bronze Wave Water Wall
Filigree Water Wall
Memorials & Anniversaries
Bronze Garden Sculpture
A Noble and Historic Metal
Bronze is easy to work with, malleable and forgiving. It melts at relatively 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 artworks have come to be understood as refined and distinguished. “Sculptures in bronze – outdoors or indoors – are instantly recognizable as noble and historic pieces” says David Harber.
In the right conditions, bronze is very durable. A few environments do not suit bronze. Chlorinated water, for example, regularly covering a bronze sculpture will corrode the protective patina – whether natural or created – and then the bronze itself. Such adverse conditions are unusual, however, and David Harber will always advise you if bronze is unsuitable for your location.
Patination is the production by oxidization of a protective, coloured film on the surface of some metals, including bronze. Left to itself, bronze naturally develops a dark greenish patina. The addition of certain chemicals however enables patinations in a broad range of natural looking colours. Bronze patination is also very stable, holding its colour and texture without degradation for many years.
Almost all of David Harber's bronze garden sculptures are patinated. Pure, polished bronze sculptures need to be regularly maintained in order not to lose their lovely dull gold colour relatively quickly when contact with the outside world sets off the oxidization process.
A bluey-green patination is a favourite with David Harber, 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. An antique tan patination is another option.