The use of obelisks in the landscape has both functional and mystical meaning in the gardens and parks of the world. In its simplest form the obelisk is a detailed pyramidal plant climbing structure. The history of the obelisk dates back to the architecture of the early Egyptians up to 5000 years ago. The huge stone structures they built were repeated again in recent history with the most well known example in this part of the world being the Washington Monument.
Construction of the obelisk was carried on by masonic tradition over the centuries as a symbol of enlightenment to a greater purpose and meaning in our lives.
The obelisk is often overlooked as an important element in the modern garden. Smaller scale obelisks used in the garden are a combination of traditional shape and styling with a trellised structure.
An obelisk located centrally and individually, defines the area around it in a new way and “fills up” wide space in the garden.
Obelisks that are arranged in pairs subdivide your garden by creating and underlining transitions and passages.
The strict geometry of the obelisk strengthens the effect of a styled garden and intensifies its clear forms onto one point.
In a natural garden the straight lines of the obelisk create a charming contrast to the daintily ornated forms of nature.