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Block party baptismal font rocks the newborns: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through lawn decoration.

Perhaps the most thrilling moment for a yard arteologist is when, after two hours of schlepping up and down neighborhood streets and seeing only birdbaths and flowerpots, he comes face-to-face with a mysterious specialty item. These handmade wonders not only prove that life in Denver does exist, but that life here is wonderfully weirder than previously expected...

Figure 69. Chaffee Park: Front-yard baptismal font is ready to rock a newborn's world.

The trees in the above photo prove that this is an older established neighborhood. The small clapboard home denotes that the neighborhood was built during the post-world-war baby boom for lower middle-class families. The yard art made of tile and stone hint that this tiny home was the nexus of neighborhood newborns.

The chest-high chalice-shaped urn made of hand-laid stone suggest that this is a natural pool to be used for the immersion of infants in sacred religious ritual. The tile finish and width of the knee-high concrete pedestal beneath the baptismal font indicates that this area was the work-space that held the vessel, cruet, Purificator, candle and bullhorn needed for baptism. That it has fallen upon disrepair argues that it is no longer in use as intended.

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