Leprechaun gets goosed on a garage roof: Kenny Be's Yard Arteology

Categories: Art, Comics

Yard Arteology: The study of neighbors through their lawn decorations...

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Highland: Look what's up with this rooftop yard art.

By pairing unrelated decorations and placing them on the roof of a garage, the enjoyment -- and certainly the message -- of a yard artist's work will always remain "out of reach" to most viewers. However, the rooftop pairing in the picture above is a rewarding find for the yard arteologist...

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Honk if your garage roof decorations are magically delicious.

On closer inspection, the little green man pictured above reveals that he is actually a small plastic Santa wearing his traditional green Santa suit. (The color of Santa's suit was changed to red by the Coca-Cola Company in 1931.) The little body holds a small lantern as if to aid in the lighting of darkened rooms for the ease of gift giving. A leprechaun hat has been placed on his head as a means to extend his useful life through the spring and into summer.

Traditionally, the leprechaun is a miserly, human-hating trickster with a foot fetish. However, these characteristics are slightly nuanced when the figure is placed near a concrete goose. Placing the goose above the leprechaun and facing the pair away from the home suggests that the yard artist is attempting to reduce these troublesome traits in himself or in members of the household.

Below, the ensemble as seen from the pedestrian's point of view...

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Richard Boles
Richard Boles

Hm, it's a little unusual. It's small, but in no way insignificant as a decoration. It's actually pretty nice to see a Santa like that on a garage roof.

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