I love sculpture, and I love helping my clients find unique three-dimensional pieces to add to their collections. Displaying works of art to show off its best assets can be tricky, and this is especially the case when displaying sculpture in a home. It is a question I frequently receive from clients, and I am always happy to help with several solutions.
Unlike paintings which only require a good frame and the appropriate wall, a sculpture needs more to be optimally appreciated. Sculptures need to be viewable from multiple angles which can limit the location of their placement. Whether it is a larger piece or one in need of a pedestal, think about traffic flow in a room when determining its placement. You do not want to display a piece in a spot that will obstruct a path or limit the functionality of a space. Eye level placement is ideal, and a shelf within a bookcase or in a recessed space can be an excellent spot for a small work of art. Side tables can be the perfect “pedestals” as they are usually out of the way. I recommend keeping these spots free of clutter so there is little to compete with the beauty of your sculpture!
When displaying any piece of art, the right lighting is key in assisting to show off a work of art’s best attributes. Diffused light (i.e. daylight from a window) is the best for most pieces. Too much light will make the details indistinguishable, and not enough will simply hide them. I also recommend avoiding spotlights as the dramatic lighting washes out elements while also hiding them in the shadows.
Remember these tips when thinking about ways to incorporate sculpture into your home to add a new dynamic to any room. If you have further questions, I am always available via email. (Link to email address)