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Cavalia-crazed yard artists parade their one-trick ponies: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through their lawn decoration...

Figure 81a. West Highland: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it wash.
Figure 81a. West Highland: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it wash.

Denver residents don't need to pay the $134-$240 Cavalia ticket price to see a "multimedia extravaganza of unprecedented magic and emotion" when innovative equestrian artistry can be viewed in nearly every neighborhood for free. The wide variety of display styles and construction materials used across the city suggests that the love of horse art transcends all income and artistic-skill levels.The horse high atop the sign pictured above clearly intimates that the popularity of horse-themed yard art is even driving local businesses to provide the equestrian artist such services as horse cleaning and alterations. And, speaking of high horses, you can see below that Denver has plenty...

Figure 81b. Overland: A horse of a different color, impaled on a post.
Figure 81b. Overland: A horse of a different color, impaled on a post.

The classic leaping (yet skewered) rocking horse figure insinuates that the yard artist living in this home yearns for a freedom that he has not yet been achieved. Whereas the fenced trotters and caged rocking horse pictured below hint at an acceptance of one's personal boundaries.

Figure 81c. Sunnyside: Horse sense is corralled with horse fence.
Figure 81c. Sunnyside: Horse sense is corralled with horse fence.

Page down to see how yard artists are using metal and concrete to raise the bar for spectacular yard art in the 21st century...

 

Figure 81d. South Platte: Wild horses trapped in a circle.
Figure 81d. South Platte: Wild horses trapped in a circle.

The trio of metal mustangs enclosed in a metal hoop and displayed on a security fence shown in the photograph above hints that the yard artist is making a bold statement about the "illusion of freedom." Meanwhile, the mare and twin ponies standing before the plethora of playthings in the yard below, reminds us of the importance of putting the cart (and the trampoline and the swing set) before the horse.

Figure 81e. Highland: Play area were kids learn how to play the ponies.
Figure 81e. Highland: Play area were kids learn how to play the ponies.

Page down to see, just as the residents of Troy, why the most dangerous horse is planked in pine...

 

Figure 81f. Ruby Hill: Wooden horse is held up by house jack.
Figure 81f. Ruby Hill: Wooden horse is held up by house jack.

The wooden horse shown in the photograph above demonstrates that the yard artist can skillfully carve a dead tree to look like a horse. Sadly, the house jack holding up the belly of the horse statue suggests a long, lonely life of assisted living for a sculpture that has been put out to pasture. Conversely, the happy pony portraits pictured below, are caught staring into one another's eyes before a lovely sunset, which indicates that this is a home filled with love. While Americans of English or Irish descent prefer to hang their horseshoes pointing up, the downward facing horseshoe next to the front door hints that this home belongs to someone of German, Austrian, Italian, Spanish or Balkan descent.

Figure 81g. Highland: Horses are more beautiful than any sunset.
Figure 81g. Highland: Horses are more beautiful than any sunset.

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