It’s always best to tread lightly when discussing garden statuary
that doesn’t totally suck, but I was intrigued by some emails I received
discussing a trend toward “spiritual” rather than “religious” imagery for the garden (especially among genX gardeners). The difference between the two
words for me has always been that “spiritual” can be applied to just about
anything—art, food, paperclips, whatever—without needing to define what is
But I can see what the marketing gurus are after here. What
if you want to express your belief—or at least interest—in a higher/different power/mythological system without using a crucifix or madonna to do it? Then one of these
vaguely Asian-themed objects might be appropriate. I don’t know if I would have them, but they fit my criteria of not sucking. HT Garden Center magazine.
I chose the least specifically "spiritual" of the objects. There were also plenty of nice Buddhas and so on.