Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through yard art...
The pampered, ink-drinking London heiress pictured above is universally hated by children, which makes her the perfect mascot for the Congress Park teen alley hangout. Cruella de Vil's facial expression is especially fitting, considering her gaze at the bird box in the garbage...
Considering Cruella's penchant for clothing made of pet pelts, the garbage pictured above is particularly apropos. The unbagged box in the middle barrel appears to be a carrying case for birds, hamsters, gerbils, mice, or guinea pigs. The overflowing barrels themselves might not be so welcoming to the relaxation of an adult, but they provide the perfect screen for teen leisure. Below, an overview of the activities of the Congress Park teen hangout...
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The hanging bikes suggest that this is the hangout of three teens who are presently at home and indoors. The height of the hanging bikes in the picture above insinuates that the teens of this hangout are relatively tall. The two captain's chairs sitting beneath the bikes implies that the teens enjoy one another's company.
The ceramic pots lining the top of the incinerator indicate that mom has a green thumb and that container gardening gives her a perfect vantage point to keep her eyes on the kids.