Most people are surprised to learn that some hand carved stone sculpture should only be displayed indoors. The kind of stone and its finish are the reason for this decision. After a few years of exposure, the effects of direct sunlight and air pollution will cause the highly polished surface of marble, limestone and alabaster to fade. Marble and limestone are unpolished and will last for many centuries, as shown by the marble Greek temples in Athens. Alabaster sculpture polished or not, should only be displayed indoors. It is very sensitive to U.V. light and rain. If you have any questions about what kind of stone sculpture would be best for your home and garden near Rochester NY, please contact me.