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Cartoon yard-art garden at Pop's Garage in Lakewood: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

Lakewood: Funny friends hanging out at Pop's Garage.
Lakewood: Funny friends hanging out at Pop's Garage.

The crowd milling around the driveway in the picture above proves that Pop's Garage is the happiest place to hang out in Lakewood. Most oversize suburban garages are surrounded by classic cars, so it is all the more surprising to see Pop's Garage teeming with a cavalcade of cartoon characters. Pop's character choice suggests he is cartoon connoisseur...

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By clicking on the image above, you will open a panorama of Pop's Garage that will help you appreciate the scale of the yard art as is it detailed in the photos that follow.

Lakewood: Pop's Garage salutes a cast of cartoon characters.
Lakewood: Pop's Garage salutes a cast of cartoon characters.

The photo above is a detail of the gallery of leading men that is arranged to the left of the garage door. The chosen characters indicate that Pop has a particular fondness for fun-loving bad boys who have a heart of gold. From left to right: Animaniac's Yakko, Roger Rabbit, Popeye, Pinocchio and Geppetto, Bart Simpson, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo and Tron's Jet Bradley. Below, Pop's Garage features a life-size portrait gallery...

 

Lakewood: Pop's Popeye and pals portrait.
Lakewood: Pop's Popeye and pals portrait.

Painting cartoon characters on a garage door takes a certain amount of foolhardy boldness that is rare in the suburbs. The Popeye and pals portrait above proves that Pop is more courageous than most superheroes when it comes to sharing his artistic skill. From left to right: Swee'Pea, Wimpy, Popeye, Jeep (dog), Olive Oyl and Bluto.

Lakewood: Pop's garage gallery of cartoon dinosaurs.
Lakewood: Pop's garage gallery of cartoon dinosaurs.

The Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck characters pictured above look like they may be leftovers from a defunct amusement park. Bugs almost looks like he is enticing onlookers to a snack stand, while Donald indicates the height a person must be to get on a roller coaster. Below, Pinky and the Brain garden furniture...

 

Lakewood: Patio furniture from the Kids' WB Garden Collection.
Lakewood: Patio furniture from the Kids' WB Garden Collection.

At first glance, the curbside chairs at the lower right of the photo above look like they might be Flintstone furniture. But the classic lines and sharp perspective hint that they were probably inspired by the backgrounds of Warner Brothers cartoons from the 1990s.

The miniature yard art sculpture of dinosaur munching the trimmed evergreen bush pictured below shows that Pop can even find the funny in gardening.

Lakewood: Pop's Land of the Lost.
Lakewood: Pop's Land of the Lost.

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