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A Sculpture garden is a room defined around a statue or unengraved slab. A communal (non-assigned) garden is similar to a Meeting hall in that it provides a place for idle dwarves and animals to congregate and throw parties. However, there are some important differences.

[edit] Advantages over Dining Rooms

The biggest advantage a Sculpture garden has over a Dining room is simplicity. Since dwarves are not going to eat in it, there is no need to build tables or chairs to accommodate them. As such, there is plenty of room to put in all sorts of valuable furniture, which can give your dwarves happy thoughts - furthermore, all furniture in a sculpture garden will be "tastefully arranged", giving twice the happiness bonus. As well, since only a statue or slab is required, it is easy to create a Sculpture garden outside. This is very useful to prevent cave adaptation and can double as a early warning system against thieves and snatchers.

[edit] Disadvantages

Dwarves tend to throw a lot of parties at Sculpture gardens. While this can be an effective way for dwarves to make friends, it can also waste valuable labor time. Thankfully, ending the party is as simple as querying the statue and freeing the room, though it does mean the room needs to be designated again.

[edit] Private gardens

If a sculpture garden is private (assigned to a particular dwarf) then that dwarf will hang out there in preference to communal meeting places. This is useful if you want a particular dwarf to hang out at a particular place when idle or on break. This will also double the happiness bonus the owner gets from admiring the furniture inside it (on top of the existing 2x bonus for being "tastefully arranged").

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