An editorial written by The Higher Power (now you guys are in for it):................................................................................................
It’s time to lay this one to rest. Sticks/rocks/shells/bones/natural debris/etc are NOT yard art and therefore NOT subject to scoring. I don’t care if that pile of rocks is aesthetically pleasing to you. It’s still just a pile of rocks, and Mother Nature probably would’ve done a better job of arranging them and we would call it natural beauty
Elephant Rocks at Elephant Rocks State Park.Case in point.
Seashells are very similar to rocks. In fact, from far away they look just like rocks. Also, the magic of The Yard Art Game stems from the artist’s love and efforts at displaying their skill (or lack thereof) in yard decorating. Tossing last summer’s beach souvenirs in the front yard takes very little thought or effort. So no seashells. Furthermore we are not Better Homes and Gardens, and don’t want to tread the slippery slope of landscape judging. So no plants. Sticks and other natural debris don’t count either. Sticks are basically yard trash. If people gather them up and burn them on a regular basis, then they aren’t decorative. Therefore having a bunch of sticks artfully placed doesn’t make a yard artistic, it makes it messy.
However, because negotiation is such a key aspect of the game, there are a couple exceptions (but strict ones! I am not giving you leave to go counting every oddly shaped pile of sticks you see!)
(1) I will take exception to this rule if something is truly extraordinary; then it is subject to the creativity bonus. So if you happen to find a scaled-down Stonehenge in someone’s front yard, by all means negotiate.
(2) If the natural object has been creatively modified by a man made material. This could be paint, clothing, glitter or whatever synthetic substance the yard artist has selected to improve upon Nature. Lights don’t count because they are lame and uncreative (unless it’s after Christmas, Holiday Bonus!) And spotlights don’t count because they’re not actually modifying, they’re highlighting. And no, stacking objects on top of each other is not modifying them either.