Garden Sculpture trends for 2021

Sculpture can be an important feature in any garden and so we asked Cumbrian sculptor, Andrew Kay, who specialises in wildlife garden pieces, what he sees as the emerging trends for 2021 in his own specialist area of sculpture.

Sculpture Boom

Andrew, pictured left, points out that they have been incredibly fortunate as a business and since lockdown have experienced an increased demand for their garden sculptures: “During May, 2020, turnover increased 200% year on year and, at the moment, this shows no signs of slowing. Investing in our homes and gardens seems to have taken priority as a result of the pandemic. Certainly, the various lock-downs and restrictions due to the virus have made us look more closely at our garden spaces and how we utilise them.” At the time of writing, Andrew sees no reason why sculpture will not continue to be on our gardening shopping lists going forward.

Traditional, classic designs.

So what sort of designs are we likely to see sought after this year? Andrew thinks that customers will be choosing traditional designs over newer models in 2021: “We are seeing this trend already with our classic stag and deer pieces being the most popular. We think a demand for solid, classical and traditional styles might be connected to feelings of uncertainty, which many people are experiencing at the moment, and perhaps about the year ahead.”

Sculpture for smaller gardens and urban spaces

Andrew is seeing a trend from clients who live in cities and urban areas buying garden sculptures as well as people who have smaller garden spaces: “Maybe this is down to the fact that everyone with an outdoor space, however small, is seeking to make it more special,” he says.

Small groups over single pieces

Another trend that Andrew thinks will continue well into 2021 is orders for sculptures in pairs or in threes: “Our stag and doe combination is really very popular as is our small herd of three,” he says. He wonders if this is reflective of the national mood – small groups of sculptures suggest community and togetherness rather than isolation.

Andrew is an award-winning sculptor based in Cumbria who specialises in hand-welded wildlife garden sculptures made from solid mild steel. His work can be seen gracing gardens and landscapes throughout the world. Andrew’s website has a lot of interesting information on how he creates his sculptures and the process behind them.

You can view a range of Andrew’s work by visiting his website at:

All images ©Andrew Kay