Monday, April 18, 2016


There is a kind of yardart that goes well beyond the usual donkeys, gnomes,
and flamingos and it is found in a handful of small lot parks around the city. They
are usually tended by an owner with a very specific notion of yard aesthetics. I 
love these places for no other reason than the sheer abundance of oddball 
exuberance and creativity that they present. I will often change course just to 
see what new characters or arrangements might have developed. They are an 
ongoing outdoor performance piece and they change with the seasons.

The fact that these places exist at all given the onerous weight of surreal-estate,
makes them extra special in my book.

This collection on Bedford Ave in Williamsburg is diminished,
but still going...

This yard off E. Houston is also diminished, but seems to be
making a comeback.

These welded scrap metal citizens weather
all seasons.

Coco the Gorilla has occupied this corner off
Bedford Ave for several years and changes 
costume regularly.

This park on the corner of 9th and B in the East Village has fence
festooned with scrap sculptures.

The same park also features changing crochet work
by London Kaye.

all photos © Ken Brown

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