Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and nature, is a familiar religious statue that is commonly found in dozens of places throughout a typical medium-sized city. Not only do many homeowners buy St. Francis birdbaths and bird feeders for their gardens, but Saint Francis statues can also be seen in church courtyards, religious schools, and hospitals. Perhaps its the kindly and gentle image that St. Francis projects that makes him such an universally appealing image for people and organizations to display. As a religious statue, its message or honoring nature and all of its creatures is one to which many people can relate.
Large Saint Francis statues are available in a variety of sizes, materials, and finishes. Through the application of different processes, studios that create St. Francis statues, sculptures, and figurines can achieve a number of interesting effects. One 24-inch statuette thats available, for example, mimics the appearance of aging copper through the use of a green tincture. Another approach to created an antiqued look on a statue is by painting it in Sorrento Sandstone. Theres a 24.5-inch St. Francis bird feeder for sale that uses that exact technique. If youre looking for religious statues for sale, another interesting one is a 33-inch St. Francis sculpture made of stained cast stone. Its somewhat of a clay color that darkens and changes tone when it gets wet.
Statues of Saint Francis are also made in other materials, including resin stone mix, cast brass with a bronze finish, painted cast stone, and fiberglass. Do-it-yourself landscapers and gardeners will like a 48-inch fiberglass St. Francis statue holding a basket. The basket makes an attractive flower pot or plant container. A 32-inch St. Francis bird feeder cast from a wood carving is another statue that would complement a yard, church, or memorial garden.
Another unique St. Francis of Assisi garden statue is a 42 inch Saint Francis water fountain that is made out of relic barro stained cast stone. The statue circulates 180 gallons of water per hour and shows subtle color changes from the weather.
Other popular Catholic religious statues that can be purchased for home or public display include statues of Jesus, Good Shepherd statues, guardian angels, and Madonna statues, also called Our Lady of Grace, Mother Mary, and Lady of Guadalupe.
One interesting custom that has its roots in folk lore, is the practice of burying a figurine of St. Joseph in ones yard, upside down, to speed up or help ensure the sale of a residential property. When the home does sell, the former owner then digs up the figurine and finds a place to display it in their new home. Theres actually a kit on the market that was created with that use in mind. It consists of a 4.5-inch figurine of Saint Joesph holding a baby in one arm and a bouquet of flowers in the other. The miniature St. Joseph sculpture includes information on this unique custom and directions for its use.