Most of the art in our homes is of the two dimensional variety. Photographs, paintings, lithographs or prints easily find a place against a wall, whether hung (on hooks, from picture railing, even, as BethZ, pointed out, from a stair railing) or leaning. Sculpture demands a different tack. We recently, and unexpectedly, became the temporary owner of a large (and heavy) piece. For right now, it's on the floor, but here are some other options...
Unlike two dimensional pieces, sculpture benefits from the use of light in order to highlight its unique qualities.
- A large piece on its own pedestall: Light from above (here, the window and a standing lamp) illuminate this type of sculpture's strong lines. Consider displaying it on a table, either alone or in a grouping.
- Small objects (like the glass fruit that The Scout highlighted in this past weekend's LA Times Home and Garden section), can be placed on a shelf or a table. Pile them together on a plate for added visual interest. To up the drama, place them on a shelf where they can be lit from above or below.
- A bas-relief, can be treated as you would any two dimensional work, but for added oomph, consider using light directed at the piece, to emphasize its three-dimensional nature.