Traveling about in the Pacific Northwest, I have been fascinated by the objects that people place in front of, or alongside their homes and establishments. These objects offer a peek into the lives and motivations of the property owners. In many cases they are emblematic of the people’s professions, personal and cultural identifications, livelihoods, hobbies and passions.
This is a photo diary of some of my collected observations of Yard Art, some of which might be classified as “folk art.”
In addition many shops and retail establishments also place such objects in front of their stores to define the business and to interest customers. These too tell us something about the store and its proprietors. Perhaps the most iconic such signs is the red and white striped barber pole.
Some objects seem to fall nicely into categories and I’ll group them accordingly. Others are one-offs and in some cases seem off-the-wall.
In the rural areas of the west that I travel, farm implements are a popular yard object and I suspect that is also the case in any farming community. Here are some from my files:
Nautically Themed Objects:
Bicycles and Motorcycles:
So there are some of my objets d’art yard photos.
I’d love to see what yard objects others have seen from your area or travels. Please share your little bit of americana with us.
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