Fantasy and magical creatures have played a big role in garden statuary for much longer than most people realize. Statues of fawns and other magical beings were put on display in temple gardens of ancient Greece, sculptures of mystical animals are commonly seen on old Mayan ruins, and the ancient Egyptians sculpted many a statue in the likeness of deities that were half human and half animal. In the Middle Ages, sculptures of gargoyles and a variety of magical beings were placed on European churches and on the ramparts of castles. Many of the statues in Victorian era gardens were also based on beings that only lived in the realm of fantasy and similar sculptures continue to be popular to this day.
While we don't think of garden gnomes and garden fairies as being based on magical beings, they most certainly are and you don't have to go all that far in the past to find cultures and societies that believed in creatures like pixies, elves, and other forms of "little folk". In fact, some people and a few cultures still believe in strange, small beings that can play tricks on the unwary and cause problems for those who fail to leave offerings or respect the sacred places where they dwell. Although you can't expect to see any of the little folk in your backyard (they are notorious for staying out of sight), it's still fun to pay homage to those tales with beautiful garden fairies like the Daydream Fairy Sculpture and the Sunflower Fairy Statue.
Find these and dozens of other detailed, enchanting fairy statues in our garden fairy statue collection.