"People say my yard looks like a pigsty, so I have a concrete pig," he continues. And then there's the bathtub--turned upside down and decorated with mirror shards and antique glass doorknobs. Rushing says it makes a fabulous nighttime display under spotlights, something even those closest to him don't quite understand: "My wife got all honked off about that."
But don't expect him to change his wayward ways in paradise. "If you can't have fun in your own yard, where can you?" Rushing asks. "Lightening up doesn't mean lowering your standards--so lighten up," he urges. "And that's the government talking."
"Yard Art: The Good, the Bad and the Unbelievable," Bonfils-Stanton lecture with Felder Rushing, 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. February 24, Mitchell Hall, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York Street, $8-$12, 303-370-8020.