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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills

Hand Garden:  This is literally a potted garden of ceramic hands. Every spring it's harvested for Lee Press-On nails.
Hand Garden: This is literally a potted garden of ceramic hands. Every spring it's harvested for Lee Press-On nails.
Photos by Allison Perkins

"Keep Little Forest Hills Funky" is more than just a stoner's chant. It's actually an underground battlecry. It's the Little Forest Hills residents way of saying, "Keep your barfbag McMasions off our property." They mean it too. The neighborhood east of White Rock Lake is a quirky hodgepodge. Some streets have curbs, some don't. Some have active alleys. Other alleys are overgrown with weeds and a lone plastic chairs. Every house is different ... an expression of the artist, hippie or free spirit living inside. And the lawns? Well, the expression spills over there, too.

Here's a small, small sample of some of the interesting and unusual yard art/left behinds you'll find over in them thar hills.

Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Beware the Sculpture

I'm pretty sure those are iron testicles at the back...so, congrats, it's a boy.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Suncatcher

Made from a vintage Dillard's dressing room door, this sculpture captures sunbeams and your soul. ("Not really" to any of those things.)

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Jesus

I don't know why Jesus didn't save that flamingo, but he didn't. Probably because he hates Florida like the rest of us.

 

Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Bottle Tree and Huh

A lovely spray-painted bottle tree and a tri-headed mannequin with a Spiderman sock. Also, a red cabinet because...naturally.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Monkey

The official mark of the A-Team. It just is.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Bull

A super modern green house with a bull statue and a car that never moves therefore it's art.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Pansy Bowl

At first you assume this is an early prototype for a toilet, but it's not. It's just an old sink in a chair with a pocketful of pansies.

 

Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Magnolia Leaves on a Stick

This stick has been there for years. Stacked with the same leaves. Art, y'all.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Yes Windows

Unfortunately the question is, "Was painting these windows a mistake?"

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Free Library

"Take a book, return a book." Huge surprise, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is available. Mara Rooney ruins everything.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Alien in a Barrel

Clearly the artist took some license here. Everyone knows aliens are green. Or Sigourney Weaver.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Big-Mouth Billy Mailbox

Remember that wall-mounted atrocity? Now it's a mailbox!!

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Statue of Armor

Guarding all that is good and pure and radiator-y.

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Your Garden Gnome Sucks -- The Yard Art of Little Forest Hills
Bowling Balls and Bottle Dangles

"Oh, you edge your greens with bricks? Well aren't you an unimaginative dingdong."


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