The first entry in this series was published on my blog on November 25, 2009.
I go for walks in the small Pennsylvania town where I’m currently living. On my walks I discovered little figures, lawn ornaments, nestled on people’s properties, on their lawns, on their gardens, on a step. This is public art. The figures are positioned so you can see them from the street.
Last year I looked for things that photographed well. This year I included some works that didn’t always photograph well, because I liked them. Several of the works are not exactly lawn ornaments — you’ll see.
What I found the most interesting is that the effect of these works is, often, not what I think was intended!
Follow me on my journey.
This winged creature is either resting in the sun, or perhaps that flower is really, really heavy. What could be in that flower? July 2010.
An assertively cute rabbit, only a little worse for wear. Again, the flower motif. July 2010.
I think this is an angel, hard to see, flickering in the summer sun. It works better for this figure, if you can't see it all that well. July 2010.
I like this rabbit, but the little creature is becoming more and more wraithlike. Is the rabbit crossing over to the other side? July 2010.
Look closely at the lower left and mid right of the picture. Then ask yourself, in what possible universe could these two disparate beings exist -- together? July 2010.
This huge balloon is an advertisement for a car wash. Driving by is a surreal experience. July 2010.
A frog family, hard to see -- the green of the frogs blends into the green of the plants, rather like frogs that breathe. The frog family is a little worse for wear, but bravely sticking together. July 2010.
This beautiful work is an actual sculpture, not a lawn ornament. It is on the grounds of a church, but it is in an awkward spot, next to the electric box. Perhaps the sorrowful angel would be a bit happier if she was in a better space. Thanks to my cousin for pointing this out. November 2010.
A charming decorative ladybug, a good fit for the garden. But, it's so hard to see. You have to wonder, why did they bother? July 2010.
I’ve tried to photograph this dragon several times, but it's always hard to see. Then I realized -- it's hard to see in "real life". An interesting piece, but way too much going on. July 2010.
Another unusual juxtaposition of creatures. As before, in what universe could these beings possibly exist -- together? September 2010.
This little pig is adorable, and it fits the space. I like it a lot. October 2010.
Like the white rabbit (image 4) these birds look like denizens of the afterlife. The rope is to secure the shades of the porch, but it also looks like the owner is trying to keep the birds from flying off. November 2010.
November 2010. This is wonderful piece, perfectly situated. Is this lion guarding the place or trying to get out? Hang on, I'll cut a hole in the fence and let you out, little lion. Then you'll be free.