Yard Art Day spread to Statesville this Labor Day.
Started by Deborah Triplett in 2012, the holiday event invites people to share an art exhibit in their front yard.
It can be anything, including performance art like dance.
The point, Triplett wrote on the event website, is to promote cross-community relationships by using our universal appreciation of art.
Here's a roundup of some of the participating yards Monday in Iredell:
Shelton Avenue, Statesville
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The Koppelmeyer family used chicken wire to suspend art they created from objects found around the house.
“We — my daughter and husband - pooled stuff we had around the house, in the basement, and threw it together. It was an opportunity for us to spend time together and be creative as a family.”
- Xochitl Koppelmeyer, treasurer for the Iredell Arts Council
East Lowrance Avenue, Mooresville
With a fucos on cats, rabbits and - to a lesser degree - frogs, Meredith Pena's yard is filled with large animal sculptures overlooked by a cat mural on the side of her home.
“I wanted to bring color, joy and lightness. The world’s a heavy place. I wanted to be able to pull into my yard after a day of painting the same tan color behind someone’s toilet and go, ‘Ah.’ We usually only get to do these bright colors in a kid’s room.”
- Meredith Pena, artist and housepainter.
South Academy Street, Mooresville
A full-time artist who became involved in Yard Art Day early on, Ilisa Millermoon started with a statue of Gaia, the Greek goddess, hand-carved from flotation foam and covered in fiberglass. Each year she adds something new.
“It’s our happy place. Your home and yard should be your sanctuary, your respite from the day. I’ve been doing Yard Art Day for five years, trying to add each year.”
Ilisa Millermoon, intuitive energy artist.