Of all the fantastical creations – the clouds with faces, the giant flowers, the five-color bird houses – that bloomed in neighborhoods around Charlotte for the annual Yard Art Day, one house on Belvedere Avenue had all the enigmatic puzzlement you expect of art.
It was cats. Cat pictures on sticks. A wooden cat cutout decorated with spirals. Cat trivia written in chalk on the driveway, cat-themed hopscotch on the sidewalk.
Sure, you can understand art. But who can really understand a cat?
Teresa Hernandez, the owner of Pura Vida Worldly Art on North Davidson Street, was joining in Yard Art Day for the first time, so she went with the theme “Catopia,” in honor of her felines, Miau Miau (like “meow meow”) and Little One.
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Miau Miau even made a reluctant appearance in the front yard, with all the disdain of a diva on a leash.
Yard Art Day has become a yearly tradition on Labor Day. Founded by photographer Deborah Triplett in 2012, it encourages people to use their yards as self-expression, with everything from yard gnomes to window paintings.
On Thomas Avenue in Plaza-Midwood, Laura Lynn Roth stopped in front of an interactive mural with a purple sticker on her finger. Viewers were directed to place round colored stickers in lettered spots on a board, eventually creating an image.
Roth and her husband, Eliott, live uptown, and this was their second year of venturing out with the Yard Art map. Neighborhoods from Dilworth to Concord join in, but Plaza-Midwood is a hot destination.
Around the corner on Belvedere, Hernandez was afraid the threat of bad weather Monday kept some yard artists inside.
“Everybody was nervous about the rain,” she said. Next year, she’ll make something metal instead.
After all, cats don’t like to get wet.