I love my tortoise!

The Tranquil Tortoise Garden Sculpture: Giant

 

Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.

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Simply put, he's just awesome. I love everything about this statue. I have been wanting one of their giant tortoises for a long time and finally got this beauty. He looks so real. I have people comment on how life-like he is. I can't wait to put him out near my grape arbor. In the picture he does seem to look a little smaller but I'm attaching a picture of him next to my dog to give you a bit of side by side comparison. He is a pretty substantial piece. An absolutely great addition to my yard (I now have 4 turtles) and by far the biggest and most realistic. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by this statue. He makes me happy just looking at him! If you have the money splurge! He's worth it and I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.

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I love my tortoise!

Kristin from Montgomery - AL - USA reviewed the The Tranquil Tortoise Garden Sculpture: Giant

Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.

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Simply put he's just awesome. I love everything about this statue. I have been wanting one of their giant tortoises for a long time and finally got this beauty. He looks so real. I have people comment on how life-like he is. I can't wait to put him out near my grape arbor. In the picture he does seem to look a little smaller but I'm attaching a picture of him next to my dog to give you a bit of side by side comparison. He is a pretty substantial piece. An absolutely great addition to my yard (I now have 4 turtles) and by far the biggest and most realistic. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by this statue. He makes me happy just looking at him! If you have the money splurge! He's worth it and I hope you love yours as much as I love mine.

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Three Resin Garden Statues for Animal Lovers

The Grand-Scale Wildlife Animal Collection: The Galapagos Tortoise StatueSome of us like cats, dogs, and 'traditional' pets, while others love animals of all sorts. If you or someone you know absolutely loves animals of all kinds, the following three animal garden statues make excellent backyard decor:

  • "The Expert Fisherman" Black Bear Statue": This sculpture of a bear is a true work of art that shows the behavior and beauty of a Black Bear with fine, accurate details. If you look close, you might even see the satisfied hungry look in the bear's eyes. Put this sculpture of a wild bear in the backyard to give your place a touch of the wild and pair this excellent sculpture with other statues of forest animals like the Mother's Love Doe and Fawn Sculpture for full effect.
  • Sandman and Porker, the Piggies Garden Statues: Pigs can be incredibly cute, especially when they are young. Sandman is fast asleep after eating a full, satisfying meal. However, his friend Porker is still hungry and shows it with alert, inquisitive eyes. These adorable animal garden sculptures make a wonderful compliment to a backyard with garden gnomes and other fun statues.
  • The Galapagos Tortoise Statue: This big spectacular sculpture of a giant land tortoise will be one of the most amazing statues in your collection. It looks so real that neighbors might wonder if you have a private zoo.

Find the best animal yard statue for the best price at Design Toscano.

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Big Savings on Animal Garden Statues

Mombasa, the Garden Giraffe StatueSculptures of animals are a beautiful addition to any garden. They add a wonderful touch of natural beauty to the backyard and are symbolic displays of such attributes as luck (elephant statues), freedom (horse statues), powerful beauty (tiger sculptures), and nobility (statues of lions). The beauty of a high quality animal yard statue also makes it a popular conversation piece for a hotel or other place of business as well as a private backyard. When you buy certain animal garden statues today and tomorrow, you will get even more of a return on your investment because all of our on sale animal statues get an additional 20% discount as part of our Mid-Summer Clearance Sale!

Among the animal sculptures included in this fine summer deal are Mombasa the Giraffe and the Galapagos Tortoise Statue. At eight feet in height, Mombasa will literally stand heads above you and all of your guests whereas the Galapagos Tortoise Statue is an incredibly realistic depiction of one of the most interesting animals on the planet. These items are just two of the animal garden statues in our collection destined to be conversation pieces at any home, hotel, or restaurant foyer. Their realism will make them a hit among kids of all ages and you will love the big discount when purchased by tomorrow.

Order these animal garden sculptures and any other on sale item by the end of tomorrow, July 22nd and enjoy a 20% discount!

This sale cannot be combined with other offers.

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The Virtues of the Tortoise Statue

Aesop's Turtle Cast Iron StatueAnimals have been associated with certain attributes since people started drawing on the walls of caves thousands of years ago. Owls have often been used as a symbol for wisdom and longevity, royal lions are featured on the crests of a number of noble families, and elephants are said to bring good luck to those who put pachyderm images and sculptures on display. Another lesser known animal that has also been viewed as a symbol of longevity, good luck, and wisdom is the lowly tortoise. Although this ancient order of reptiles might not look as pretty as a macaw or cute as a Meerkat, they win hearts with their good natured, harmless appearance and patient attitude.

The positive attributes and unique look of the tortoise have actually made it one of the more popular and enduring of animal garden statues. People have put sculptures of this characteristic reptile in gardens for more than a thousand years to bring luck to their home and family, and because they add a wholesome, happy look to any garden. The low height of the tortoise makes it an excellent choice for an animal yard statue that can provide a natural look to the backyard while looking right at home with its surroundings. Like the actual, live tortoises that actually do enter gardens in certain parts of the world, the tortoise statue makes for innocuous, naturally interesting decor.

Find beautiful statues of tortoises and hundreds of other realistic animal garden statues at Design Toscano today.

Buy $75 or more of garden statuary and other items from Design Toscano until Sunday, July 14th, and pay nothing for regular shipping!

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Outdoor Animal Statues that Make a Big Impression on Guests and Clients

Mombasa, the Garden Giraffe StatueThe animal yard statue makes a beautiful, naturally-inspired addition to any backyard. Although there are plenty of small animal sculptures that bring wild, dramatic beauty to the garden, the ones that make the biggest impression are grand scale, life-size statues like Mombasa the Garden Giraffe. Mombasa thrills with an eight foot height and life-like details that will make neighbors wonder if you have a backyard zoo. Put this beautiful sculpture in the patio of a hotel, restaurant, or other business and people will walk through your doors just to get a look at your unique garden statuary.

The Walking Crocodile statue is another item that will make your place of business or backyard the talk of the town. Crocodiles don't just swim, they also walk and can even run when the need arises.This life-like sculpture of a walking croc entertains with scaly hide and an all too realistic toothy grin. Put it on display near a backyard pond or in the garden of your business to give guests and customers an experience they will never forget.

Every visitor will be amazed by the incredibly realistic Galapagos Tortoise Statue. This huge, detailed tortoise looks so much like the real thing that you might get people asking if you actually have a stuffed tortoise on display.

Browse our grand-scale collection of animal sculptures to add thrilling, unforgettable statues to the garden.

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Make Your Guests Feel Welcome with Garden Statuary

Greetings from the Garden Gnomes Welcome StatueDecor serves many purposes and one of the most important is making your guests feel right at home. We want guests to feel as accepted and comfortable as possible and one of the easiest ways to help make that happen is with decor that literally welcomes them at the door. The Birdy Welcome Statue does this with a bright and cheerful display of four colorful bird species. You can almost hear the cute birds in this statue chirping as they perch on top of a log inscribed with "Welcome" written in elegant script.

Put the Blue Bird Welcome Statue on display for a simply adorable welcome sign. The two little lovebirds in this statue welcome guests with appealing, soft blue and yellow hues while perched on top of a classic welcome log. This beautiful little sculpture works just as well in the garden as it does inside the home.

Gnomes also make excellent subjects for welcoming guests to the backyard or at the front door. The Greetings from the Garden Gnomes Welcome Statue is a fun, beautiful little sculpture replete with a tiny squirrel, mushrooms, tortoise, and two friendly gnomes who are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the welcome sign.

Find high quality welcome sculptures for the backyard and the best in garden fairies at Design Toscano.

 

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Every Garden Needs a Tortoise Sculpture

Gilbert, the Box Turtle StatueThe tortoise is an interesting animal that has intrigued and captivated people around the globe for centuries. Its patterned shell, aged face, and steadfast demeanor have made it a symbol for longevity, wisdom, and patience by a wide variety of cultures. This unique reptile has also been a popular subject for paintings and sculptures for more than two thousand years and its image can be found in statues that graced gardens in ancient Greece and China. This animal continues to be a popular inspiration for sculptures in modern gardens and many statues of the wise and knowledgeable tortoise decorate flowerbeds and backyards from Europe to Argentina.

If your garden still needs a tortoise, try putting Gilbert, the Box Turtle Statue next to some flowers. This statue is so realistic that guests will wonder if you have an actual, slow-going tortoise making itself at home in the garden.

For a larger than life statue of a tortoise, get the Tranquil Tortoise Garden Sculpture. This cheerful reptile is ready to investigate your vegetable patch with outstretched neck, a wise smile on its face, and a happy look in its eyes. It also comes in an even larger size for those who want to show their appreciation for this revered animal.

Order any of these sculptures and the best in animal garden statues from Design Toscano between now and February 14th and get 20% off the regular price.

This sale can't be combined with other offers.

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Watch for the Early Spring Catalog

February will be coming to an end soon and that means that Spring is just around the corner for many The Tranquil Tortoise Garden Sculpture - Giantpeople in North America. Even though back on February second, six more weeks of winter were predicted by a groundhog named, "Phil", you can bet that gardens in many places will be ringing with bird song any day now. Another event that comes in conjunction with the arrival of Spring is the early Spring catalog from Design Toscano. Watch out for a catalog filled with hundreds of unique items such as animal garden statues, Gothic tables, and beautiful Egyptian-themed objets d'art.

Design Toscano adds new sculptures, beautiful hand-crafted furniture, and framed art to the catalog on a regular basis. Open the pages to see the new items you can add to your garden, bring a fresh look up your home, and add some excitement to the office. With Spring on the way, it might be time to put in a few new garden fairies, or put out that tortoise statue. The Saint Francis statue will also act as a unique means of feeding the birds.

Check out the early Spring catalog to find those new pieces perfect for your home. Order them from the early Spring catalog and get 15% off!
 

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Save 20% on Tortoise Statues until February 14th!

The tortoise is such an interesting creature. These reptiles have been steadfastly plodding their way around warm climates for millions of years. In many cultures they represent wisdom and longevity. Although tortoises don't appear to be particularly intelligent compared to other animals, they certainly live a long, long time. In fact, some species of tortoises have lived for over 200 years and are thus believed to be the longest-lived animals on Earth.

Aesop's Turtle Cast Iron StatueHarmless, curious, and a sight to behold, tortoises are held in high regard by many people and are believed to bring good fortune to whomever crosses paths with these slow-moving reptiles. Although most folks don't have live tortoises entering into their backyards, they can substitute the real thing for detailed garden tortoise statuary. The tranquil Garden Tortoise looks so real that guests will be tempted to reach down and pet it (and many will do just that!). You can also get a bigger version of this animal yard statue to make an even bigger impression on visitors to the backyard.

If you would prefer a cast iron statue of a tortoise for the backyard, try the Aesop's Turtle statue. No matter which tortoise decoration you decide upon, you will get 20% off the regular price on it, other animal garden statues, and everything else on the Design Toscano site until February 14th!


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Why Garden Statues Make Great Holiday Gifts

Whether you are thinking of a gift for your favorite gardener, or are a gardener yourself and just want to treat yourself to something this holiday season, you may want to take advantage of our holiday garden statues sale.  This is the perfect time to get a little something extra for yourself or for someone else in a gift that you, or they, may not otherwise purchase.  With an abundance of styles to choose from in this affordable sale, your only limit is your imagination.

Pagoda Lantern SculpturesGarden statues are often considered an “extra” of sorts, a luxury item that many don’t purchase until their garden is complete and only if they have extra room in the budget.  Whether that is you or someone else, when they go on sale is the perfect time to purchase.  Japanese garden statues are a beautiful way to add an exotic element into any garden, and an affordable way to do so as well.  When you gift the gift of Japanese gardens, you do so with the intention to add peace and serenity to any home.

As well, animal statues such as a tortoise statue or outdoor elephant statues are unique outdoor items that aren’t often first on the gardener’s to do list.  There is no better time than right before the holidays to purchase the gift of outdoor decor for you or for someone else that would otherwise never buy these little statues of magic, hope, and serenity for the garden.

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What You Need to Create Japanese Landscape Design

Cascading Bamboo Sculptural FountainJapanese landscape design has become one of the most popular exterior design themes of contemporary day.  There is something about a Japanese garden that invites peace and tranquility in your outdoor space.  To create a Japanese landscape design, you will use the elements in nature you are provided with, and arrange them to reflect the peaceful reality you seek.  Whereas Western gardens use more flora and fauna to create this harmony, a Japanese garden will use them in more natural and subtle ways.

For example, a tortoise statue believe it or not is a Japanese symbol that can add an incredible omen to your outdoor space.  The tortoise is believed to be a symbol of immortality in the Eastern world, and when incorporated into a garden, provides support, good luck, and longevity to its owner.

Ponds and hills are also a common theme in Eastern gardens, as these represent tranquil elements of nature.  You can use an Asian inspired outdoor garden water fountain to accomplish this goal, or create a pond in your outdoor area if you have the space.  As well, religious outdoor statues are symbols of significance in Japan, and are used frequently for dwellers to invite blessings from the heavens into their indoor or outdoor space.  A religious statue outside near your entrance will beckon the gods of your choice to bless peace on your garden and home.

When it comes to Japanese landscape design, Japanese principles and your imagination are all you need to incorporate the peace of mind you seek into your garden. 
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The Meaning of Animal Symbolism in Feng Shui Principles

If you are designing your home or garden around Feng Shui principles, you may have heard that the addition of animals into your theme will help your Feng Shui.  Here we discuss the importance of the animal symbolism in Feng Shui design, to help you better choose what animals you would like to invite into your home decor. 

The elephant is a sacred creature in many cultures, and in Feng Shui is known to symbolize wisdom.  Many cultures also consider decor such as outdoor elephant statues to symbolize other things such as fertility, fidelity, longevity, and good luck.

The lion is a symbol used in Feng Shui and many Egyptian decorations to embody bravado and courage.  It is said that when a pair of lions are facing an entry point with both of their front feet touching the ground they are protecting your home or business wealth.

The Tranquil Tortoise Garden Sculpture - LargeA tortoise statue is another famous Feng Shui symbol that embodies endurance, wealth, longevity, good luck, and a happy family.  Slow and steady wins the race is the symbolism you will add to your home with a Feng Shui tortoise.

If you want to attract money to your home, it is said that a frog is the way to do it.  Legend has it that a frog will visit a home during a full moon when the home is expected to receive good fortune or news pertaining to wealth.

When you want to add a little extra wish into your home, doing so with Feng Shui animals is a clever and very symbolic way to do so.



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Creating Serenity in Your Garden With Accent Pieces

Many people that embark on a landscape design adventure do so with the intention of creating an outdoor space that is something they can escape to, or entertain in with tranquility.  If this is your vision for your outdoor living space, there are a number of ways to do so with the addition of a simple accent piece.  Whether your outdoor theme is Egyptian, Greek, or a simple garden plan, an accent piece can transform any outdoor space into an outdoor oasis.  Here is how to create the serenity in the garden of your dreams.

The Tranquil Tortoise Garden Sculpture - GiantThere is nothing more serene than the beauty of a Greek goddess, and this is making Greek garden statues very popular right now. Tuck away the birth of Venus in one of your landscape corners and enjoy her calming effects as she watches over your gardens.

Animals are revered in many cultures and design motifs and are a stunning way to create a retreat in your backyard.  The tranquil tortoise statue is a symbol of good fortune that reportedly will bring you and your outdoor space years of happiness. Elephant pieces in your outdoor space are also symbolic for imparting wisdom and serenity and have been used to create this ambience in centuries old cultures.

Whether you choose to create serenity subtly through one of these accent pieces, or in a broader statement through religious outdoor statues will depend entirely on your garden theme and personality. 

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Using Wrought Iron Outdoors

If you are not sure what materials you want to use in your outdoor living space, you would be wise to consider the investment of iron pieces to add to your theme.  Wrought or cast iron is making a comeback into the outdoor living space, as it adds an elegant touch, and is a versatile and long lasting material to use.  One thing with wrought iron is that it is easy to go overboard or use the wrong piece with the wrong theme, so if you truly want to get the most out of this valuable investment, take our tips into consideration on how to do it well.

Vecchio Greenman Authentic Iron Door KnockerWhether your design theme is Mediterranean or contemporary, a simple addition of iron gothic tables or an accent piece such as our Greenmen door knocker can make a significant statement.  Additionally, if you are not investing a large amount into your iron accents this year, something as simple as a tortoise statue can be all you need to add that touch of elegance you are seeking with iron.

The term “wrought” in wrought iron symbolizes the amount of craftsmanship that has gone into forging and shaping the metal to its desired and current shape.  When you are using iron pieces in your decor, you are incorporating both traditional and modern elements in one piece alone.  The end result is minimalist effort that makes a significant impact and will last through many outdoor seasons making for a very worthwhile investment, even if you are doing so through one piece alone.

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A Snake, Iguana and Elephant

Giant Burmese Python Snake StatueWhen one thinks of an extraordinary type statue what comes to mind?  Perhaps our Big Foot garden statue or even an alien statue, but what if you were thinking of an animal that actually exists in some part of the world, what would that statue be like?  Well it certainly might be like the Giant Burmese Python Snake Statue which is eight feet of colorfully and authentically sculpted, hand painted python.  We think that this lovely python will make people walk a little bit away from your yard.

We love our reptiles here at Design Toscano and naturally we make them as lifelike as possible, an example being our tortoise sculpture.  While tortoises and turtles are actually seen every now and then, how would you like a reptile that would bring the tropical rain forest to your yard.  This exotic guy is the Tropical Iguana Sculpture who stands over a foot tall and is now on sale.  He is hand painted in the greens, yellows and a little pink of the reptile of the rain forest and he sports a pouched chin and is sculpted in excellent detail.

If you know someone who absolutely loves our great outdoor elephant statues and collects every elephant they see, then we have the perfect gift for them.  A very dignified and lovely walking stick called the Elephant Pewter Walking Stick because the handle is an elephant head elaborately sculpted out of solid pewter.  The stick itself is polished hardwood and would make an excellent collectible.

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Vampire Bats, Winged Skeleton and a Gargoyle

Crescent moon Vampire Bats Metal WeathervaneDesign Toscano is well known for its many varied sculptures for outside from Greek gods to charming dragons.  Of course we continue this tradition with our Halloween themed outdoor sculptures of which the Crescent Moon Vampire Bats Metal Weathervane: Garden Stake is a fine example.  Bats, bats and more bats are surrounding the crescent moon on this weathervane which can be set as a weathervane or as a garden stake.  It is made of aluminum for its rust free nature, but finished in a dark and stormy black.

Babble, The Gothic Gargoyle StatueThis is not the time of year to be thinking of our adorable garden cherub statues (although they are lovely).  Now you need to delve into our somewhat darker winged sculptures like the Kiss of Death Winged Skeleton Statue. The story depicted here, inspired by a 1930’s statue from Barcelona, is a lovely maiden kneeling down, but alas her suitor is a bony, winged skeleton giving the kiss of death. 

We try to always put a little fun and cuteness into many of our statues like our extremely cute tortoise sculpture.  If you thought we couldn’t put some fun into a gargoyle, then you will be surprised when you see the slightly goofy Babble, the Gothic Gargoyle Sculpture.  This gargoyle is actually smiling, although showing some sharp teeth, and is about a foot tall.  He won’t scare the kids and makes a great addition to Halloween décor.


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Skulls and Sculpture for Halloween

BROWSE THESE ITEMS FOR THE HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR SALE SEPT. 23 THROUGH SEPT. 26!

Skulls Spire Lighted Sculpture Now is the perfect time to look for garden items that have more of a Halloween feel to them.  Instead of buying a nicely designed and lovely tortoise statue, how about picking up a gargoyle or even buy both.  The Winston Gargoyle Sculpture comes in three sizes and is just ready to put a little scare in your yard.  Done in designer resin with a gray finish, this guy is great at putting the trick into trick or treat.

While they have some similarities to our wonderful garden fairies, the witches that we have brought out for this Halloween season are not quite as innocent.  One that is a real eye catcher is the Mistress Raven Sculpture.  Yes, she has fantastic wings, but she is a little like a fairy gone Goth with her dark eyes, black high heel boots, long black gloves and little else.  She’s 11 inches of sheer mistress of the dark.

Many of you have bought some of our furniture which is a little out of the ordinary like our Egyptian tables or things medieval.  Now that Halloween is on the way we have the perfect lighting item for you to place on these tables.  We present the Skulls Spire Lighted Sculpture which is a 2 ft. tower of skulls with a orb light on top.  Our skulls are sculpted with the same detail and love that our artists use on other sculpture and would be just perfect at your Halloween party.


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Cute Frog Statues and Caesar’s Lions

Crouching Frog Bronze Garden StatueOur amphibian statues are some of the most remarkable of the many nature statues that we have such as our tortoise statue.  In our bronze statue section you will find some other wonderful amphibians also, such as the Crouching Frog Bronze Garden Statue: Small.  What a distinctive face this guy has, the artist caught him just right hanging on a lily pad looking for flies.  He’s 8” long and is cast in solid bronze, also piped to be a fountain.

In the area of Egyptian décor, Design Toscano is second to none from furniture and statues to wall art.  A lovely wall piece is the Icons of the Egyptian Realm Wall Sculpture; this is a bas relief of the Isis and the sphinx and finished in a metallic cast.  Over a foot wide, the black and metallic shades are a classic on any wall.

Now that you are eyeing your interior décor with a look to possibly making some additions or a total change, you should browse our Egyptian tables, chairs and other furniture which are always unique.  A great chair is Caesar’s Royal Lions Hand-carved Throne Chair now on sale.  Hand carved in hardwood, this chair is hand painted in faux gold and ebony with exquisite carvings of Egyptian and Roman symbols on the back and sides with gold claw feet.  Not everyone will have one of these.

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A Unicorn and a Red-Eyed Frog

We have several statues of mythical legend such as our Bigfoot statue and, who knows that one might not be mythical.  A beautiful statue is The Enchanted Unicorn Sculpture celebrating the mystical creature well beloved by all.  This Design Toscano exclusive statue is over a foot tall, sculpted in extraordinary detail and hand painted in pastels.

http://www.designtoscano.com/product/code/BB262038.doWe have many sculptures of reptiles, like lizards and other small creatures like our popular tortoise statue.  A new guy on the block is this adorable and intriguing Red-Eyed Tree Frog Statue.  The frog with bulging red eyes has traveled from the Amazon rainforest and is distinctively hand painted in bright green and yellow colors.  He can be fitted anywhere, but will find a place in your heart.

Our animals are very often hand painted in the colors of nature, like our outdoor elephant statues in gray with large white tusks.  However we do have several sculptures done in bronze that show off the incredible detail that the artist put into creating the animal.  One of these detailed and also fun animals is the Long Necked Goose Solid Bronze Garden Sculpture.  The goose’s long neck gives it a feel of high fashion and at the same time the detailed webbed feet are ready for a splash.  You even have the option of having it flow water from its beak.
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