Rural Footprints

... a chat over the rural garden fence

In Defense of My Garden Statue

This is written with a certain person in mind.. someone who disagrees with one my lifestyle choices and has little grasp of history, heritage, or style.

You know how you are!

So, I bought a statue for the garden. It is a lovely wrought iron Dragon. It stands proud in my rural garden, and looks just great.

Somebody close to me (see above) thinks 'it sucks' and doesn't look traditional or rural at all.

Complete nonsense of course - and here is why.

Dragon sculptures and statues are in highly desirable, and not for the reason that you see Dragons on TV and in movies, but because they're an essential part of mythologies and legends. In places like Wales, dragons are not just relevant in culture but likewise an indispensable national symbol. Dragons are a symbol of strength, courage, and also power. In the present time, dragons have invaded the modern day art. You find them in current films, sculpture, and even computer animated graphics. Artists still create statues of dragons for various reasons. You may have seen a dragon garden statue which might appear nothing to any person yet it is something made with crafty skills.

Dragons are usually presented diversely in many different cultures. The Chinese dragon is actually very much unlike the European dragon, the latter is portrayed to be ferocious and sometimes dreadful. Dragons come with an intimidating look along with their sharp-looking eyes and giant reptilian structure. They are made up of thick, tough skin that has different colors which can vary from red to green to brown, and dragons could have more than one color on their skin. The portrayal of dragons is determined by the artists. It is definitely the crafter's task to make sure that a dragon sculpture generally appears to be the one everybody is used to seeing in traditional art and movies. Needless to say, dragon statues and figures vary vastly in size.

One of the characteristics of European dragons is that they look like winged dinosaurs. This kind of resemblance is caused by the fact that people during the ancient times believed that dinosaur fossils originated from dragons. Hence, you see European dragon sculptures similar to the enormous reptiles in structure. The Welsh dragon statue, for example, is reddish brown or red in shade, hence the name Red Dragon. It is an important emblem of Wales and is a figure you will find on their own flag. Makers ensure that they can create a welsh dragon which has exactly the features of a true dragon of Wales.

For expert makers, it's tough to ensure the details. However, purchasers should be certain they're getting a genuine item and not just something made haphazardly. Simple dragon statues made from clay might not have fine details. You can examine the web to get pieces that have fine details. For example, see if you could recognize the horns, ears, eyes, fangs, and tongue on its face. The Welsh dragon is visually fierce mainly because it is symbolic of power.

Try looking for dragons which have fierce appearance mainly because that's the way a Welsh dragon must look like, as if they are ready to embark on a combat against an enemy. You may get in touch with a maker of dragon statues to find out if they've got Welsh dragons specifically. Keep in mind that the typical Red Dragon has legs with detailed claws, swept back wings, a looped tail that points up and a horn on the tip of its nose. Being a purchaser, you must be particular with different kinds of dragon sculpture.