Mythological figures have definitely played a huge role in the history of garden statues. Some gardens are places of eternal metamorphoses, where replicas of gods endure the changing seasons. The modern use of a garden statue can be traced back to the Italian Renaissance about 500 years ago. It was then that the great artistic and philosophical works of Greek and Roman antiquity were being discovered anew. There were many classical sculptures that were also greatly admired as many were even excavated and transformed into garden statues. The Laocoon, for example, was a famous group of sculptures unearthed in 1506 that was displayed in the Belvedere Garden of the Vatican.