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Designer fences create beautiful personal boundaries: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

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As shown in the photograph above, designer fences are the personal boundaries that yard artists create to identify the reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him or her, and how he or she will respond when someone steps into his or her yard. According to the American Fence Association, there are four types of designer-fence boundaries... The Stars and Bars designer fence pictured above is located in the Westwood neighborhood and was created by a yard artist with rigid personal boundaries. These types of fences are usually created by persons who have easy access to low-cost scrap metal, leftover cement and small rocks.

Rigid fence designers can be selective, depending on quantities of materials and previous experiences in mixing rocks and cement to form stars. These yard artists are also physically dependent on others to help them lift and weld two-ton stars onto bright-blue bars.

Below, the holiest of all yard artist personal boundaries... The designer fence in the photograph above was created by a yard artist with porous personal boundary issues. The holes cut into the security fence to display selections of hand-blown glass suggests that this yard artist is unsure about what to let in and what to keep out. Below, the most healthy of all the personal boundary fences... The personal boundary designer fence pictured above surrounds a home in Denver's Rosedale neighborhood. This is the zen-like ideal. By using selective rigid materials to to highlight organic boundaries, this yard artist exhibits mastery and control of both the natural and man-made environment.

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