Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through lawn ornaments...
In Douglas County, the imprisoned pilgrim pictured above might actually have constituted a political statement about our founding fathers and the current state of American freedom. However, in the Country Club neighborhood of Denver, this goose probably belongs to a cohabiting pair of Holme Roberts and Owen attorneys who change the dress to match every festive occasion.
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The cleanliness and crispness of the pilgrim outfit also suggests that the goose is probably cared for by a paid housekeeper of the aforementioned attorneys.
Sandwiched between the decoration-intense holidays of Halloween and HanukChristKwanzaa, Thanksgiving struggles for a voice of its own. As seen below, many yard artists struggle with finding such a clarity of message...
No amount of staring at the picture above will help to explain how the wheelbarrow or vintage pickup truck filled with coral came to be a part of the Thanksgiving holiday story. The arrangement of decorative items does suggest that this is the work of a master craftsman who learned her display skills in a college home economics course -- in 1957. Below, another yard art display shows how a teacher struggles with the Thanksgiving theme... With all the assessment tests and school-reform protests required in today's classroom, students don't have much time to learn about Thanksgiving folklore. The cut-out turkeys, pilgrims, Indians and horns-o-plenty pictured on the window above were quite commonplace back in the day, when students spent Thanksgiving week making pine-cone turkeys. Now they are only good for blocking the harsh light that shines on Thanksgiving Day.
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