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Thanksgiving decorations struggle for freedom: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through lawn ornaments...

Figure 88a. Country Club: Cross-dressing goose behind bars.
Figure 88a. Country Club: Cross-dressing goose behind bars.

In Douglas County, the imprisoned pilgrim pictured above might actually have constituted a political statement about our founding fathers and the current state of American freedom. However, in the Country Club neighborhood of Denver, this goose probably belongs to a cohabiting pair of Holme Roberts and Owen attorneys who change the dress to match every festive occasion.

The cleanliness and crispness of the pilgrim outfit also suggests that the goose is probably cared for by a paid housekeeper of the aforementioned attorneys.

Sandwiched between the decoration-intense holidays of Halloween and HanukChristKwanzaa, Thanksgiving struggles for a voice of its own. As seen below, many yard artists struggle with finding such a clarity of message...

Figure 88b. Harvey Park: A rolling load of turkey trinkets.
Figure 88b. Harvey Park: A rolling load of turkey trinkets.

No amount of staring at the picture above will help to explain how the wheelbarrow or vintage pickup truck filled with coral came to be a part of the Thanksgiving holiday story. The arrangement of decorative items does suggest that this is the work of a master craftsman who learned her display skills in a college home economics course -- in 1957. Below, another yard art display shows how a teacher struggles with the Thanksgiving theme...

 

Figure 88c. Country Club: This classy display looks like it was lifted from the bulletin board.
Figure 88c. Country Club: This classy display looks like it was lifted from the bulletin board.

With all the assessment tests and school-reform protests required in today's classroom, students don't have much time to learn about Thanksgiving folklore. The cut-out turkeys, pilgrims, Indians and horns-o-plenty pictured on the window above were quite commonplace back in the day, when students spent Thanksgiving week making pine-cone turkeys. Now they are only good for blocking the harsh light that shines on Thanksgiving Day.

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