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Spring cleaning unearths clown painting, other scary garage secrets: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

Wheat Ridge cleaning clown.
Wheat Ridge cleaning clown.

Nothing says springtime in Denver like a clown painting leaning against the front wheel of a car parked before an open garage door on a driveway teeming with junk. The clown painting practically promises that the open garage is the portal to a secret kingdom of junky treasures...

Seasonal sorting in progress on Pierce Street.
Seasonal sorting in progress on Pierce Street.

In the photo above, the hummingbird feeders hang in the tree branches alongside the holiday lights and a butterfly net is placed on the ground next to a plastic snowman. This seems to suggest that this type of spring cleaning is also a rearrangement of clutter.

The garage looks to be filled with a lifetime of fixtures and furnishings. The packed shelves and open drawers recall years of unfinished craft projects and stray game pieces.

Below, spring cleaning clowns can also be found downtown...

The evidence of pack rats in Cheesman Park.
The evidence of pack rats in Cheesman Park.

The open garage door in the photo above reveals the former life of a Cheesman neighborhood pack rat. The bottom of the pile appears to be the maple wood frame of a futon sofa bed. The similar sized boxes to the right are probably top-of-the-line speakers purchased from Listen Up.

The rest of the boxes likely contain everything that is necessary to furnish a complete 1980s Capitol Hill apartment -- which would include a thirteen-inch kitchen-counter television with a built-in VCR, a phone answering machine the size of a box of Cheerios and a couple of versions of Trivial Pursuit. Not to mention boxes and boxes filled with cassette tapes, leg warmers, shoulder pads, neon-colored sweaters, jellies, Swatch watches and Doc Martens.

Below, Denver residents without a garage must spring clean out in the yard...

Airing things out in Athmar Park.
Airing things out in Athmar Park.

The picture above demonstrates the efficiency of emptying the entire house to perform an annual springtime deep clean. An empty house can be cleaned from top to bottom. Furniture placed on the lawn can be aired out if the weather is fair, or washed clean in the event of rain showers.

More from our Kenny Be/Comics archive: "April showers bring rusty flowers: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology."