The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments...
Figure 8. Five Points: Anarchitechture
Back in 1978, architect Frank Gehry added a couple of metal sheds to the front of his Los Angeles home and covered the roof in chain-link fencing. He was instantly crowned the king of the deconstructivists and has been awarded the contract to design nearly every art museum and concert hall built in the last thirty years. He has also influenced virtually every architect on the planet, and a few Denver homeowners as well. If a state of disorder due to the non-traditional use of building materials means absolute freedom, then this home in Five Points represents the architectural ideal.
Each element of this masterpiece is purposeful and deliberate. The verticality of the yellow metal poles visually connects the black iron fence to the horizontal stripes of the clapboard siding. The sideways placement of the metal storm door is echoed in the angles of the makeshift plywood awning and gabled roof. The orbs, from the flywheel and disco balls to the attic porthole window, perfectly accent the arc of the onlooker's eye. The purpose of such "super position and disjunctive display" goes well beyond the shading of beer-drinking porch sitters from the glare of the midday sun, it also makes a loud declaration of urban freedom and the fearlessness of the homeowner to embellish without covenants or restraints.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.