Kenny Be's Yard Arteology: The spinner's circle

The study of neighbors through their lawn ornaments...

Figure 21. Cherry Creek: Very cherry yard art.

Yard art is not entirely limited to the destitute and superstitious. The joy of property personalization transcends all socioeconomic boundaries and even includes the social climbers of Denver's nouveau-riche neighborhoods. That's because human beings are all basically alike, even though the yard art of the impoverished is made in toxic plastic factories by Chinese schoolchildren, while the wealthy prefer decorations designed by trained artists available through exclusive art dealers. The only real difference between the poor and the rich is the amount of money they spend to display their bad taste.

Upstart yard art is most apparent in the scraped-estate areas of Cherry Creek. Rods and rounds revolve and rotate across multiple yards. The sculpture pictured in front of the home pictured in figure 21 appears to be an upper-class kinetic display of keeping up with the Joneses. The clean design of this playful artwork, juxtaposed against the architectural mash-up of the Victorian-Tudor mini-chateau, suggests that this cash-happy homeowner doesn't have a cultural clue. The sculpture actually looks like it is trying to run away from the aesthetic confusion, no doubt until the homeowner learns some art appreciation. Or at least gets rid of (or straightens) those hideous Baroque wall sconces.

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