A Great Space for Art
The fireplace is the centerpiece of every room. With furniture gathered around a hearth. and usually located somewhere as to provide heat to the room, the fireplace is an area where people gather and relax. It is a space where you will spend lots of time and it is where you will do everything from nap alone to entertain large groups.
What better place for a work of art? The fireplace mantel is prominent and bold. Left empty it will look bare and the room can look unfinished. A painting or a sculptural piece of artwork for above the fireplace will serve as a great focal point for your home. While some paintings can be a great way to add art to the mantel, I believe sculpture is far more unique and interesting to add in many spaces, and sometimes even together.
What Sculpture Can Bring to Your Space
Sculpture on the fireplace mantel can add a certain uniqueness that will only come with three dimensional works of art. Where two dimensional works are great when there is limited space if the mantel is small, there is also the option to bring in wall sculptures hanging above the hearth.
For sculptures that sit on the mantelpiece, there can be both vertical and horizontal branching that serves as an extension of the fire roaring in the fireplace. Emulating the same outgrowing nature of a fire, these pieces serve to open up and reach out in all directions of the room, which in turn pulls the eye in and makes them wonderful focal points for the room.
When I have done some of the wall hanging sculptures for above the fireplace mantel, there is a little more free range to make something specific to the space. Doing most of my work on commission, I will look at the space, measure and develop a design with client input in mind that will serve to meet the needs of the space best. These rustic wall hanging sculptures for the fireplace are wonderful additions to the decor of all types of homes from the classic mountain rustic, to the contemporary urban abode.
Matt Tommey is a sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.