Lawn Art, a Dying American Tradition?

By Dan Goodman


While my last post was a little harsh on front lawns, I’ve decided to be more positive on the subject. After all, not all front lawns are useless right? A lot of the monotony a pedestrian endures on a typical suburban street could be cured with some well placed gnomes.


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The word “Americana,” conjures up images of lawn flamingos and angel statues. As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed these lawn decorations decreasing. That’s probably a good thing, but we’ve got to replace them with something right?

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That’s what I’m talking about. Big tacky farm animal statues. Because when it comes to lawn art, bigger is better. photo link

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Lawn art should be a reflection of the people who live in the house behind it. Imagine walking down a street full of homemade sculpture gardens, every yard displaying a different style. Yes there’d be a lot of ugly statues, but tacky is better than boring.

This is unlikely to happen in most neighborhoods because it costs money that could be better spent inside the house than in the front yard. That’s something that registers pretty quickly when driving down most residential streets. People put a lot of money and effort into furnishing their interiors, but rarely do we expend that creative energy outwards into the street for the neighborhood to enjoy.

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