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Denver's highest home has well-grounded yard art gallery: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

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The middle building pictured above is not the tallest home in Denver, but it sits at the highest elevation in the city. It's located in a West Highland neighborhood that is being overtaken by pop-tops and scrape-offs that reach ever-upward for the view of the Rampart and Central Front Ranges to the south...

The expansive graveled garden terraces suggest that this is the home of a well-grounded neighbor and not the real estate investment of a social climber. The placement of eco-art, with plenty of room to grow, intimates that the yard artist who lives here is more a curator than a creator. Let's take a tour!

The yard art gallery pictured above specializes in the exhibition of eco-art, where rusting metal objects are fashioned into flowers and figures. The well-spaced placement hints that the occupants of this home are open-minded and treat all people with equality. The great flourish of the hair on the moving figure (stepping onto a scooter) intimates that one of the home's occupants may have made a living by cutting hair on Tennyson Street since 1958.

Page down to see the additional yard artifacts that corroborate this theory...

The knife sharpening wheel in the foreground of the photograph above is the only rusting metal yard artifact that has not been recrafted into an arty animal or oxidizing daisy and implies that the yard artist still reveres the instrument for what it does. That the sharpening wheel has not been made to look like a show poodle at the Westminster Dog Show insinuates a deep respect and gratitude for its many years of perfectly sharpening straight razors for a trusted barber.

As seen below, the other machinery parts in this yard art gallery are forced into a second life of indentured whimsitude...

It is the weathered wooden posts in the center of the photo above that prove that the rusting wheels were never really the parts of a cute little cart. The flattened rims imply that these wheels were industrial belt pulleys. That the cheeks of the rear wheels are still fastened to the wooden posts suggests that the fastening bolts are rusted tight. The repurposing of these wheels onto a rusting wagon hints that this yard artist may be nostalgic for a time when industry was beautiful and men were neatly trimmed.

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