Now, when one encounters a new piece of lawn art in high-profile public places, they're usually large, metal or granite, and indistinguishable from something in the back corner of a scrap yard. And obviously expensive.
But as I gazed on this work of beauty, it kind of grew on me, in an ugly-duckling sort of way. After all, it was made of wood, and it was weirdly functional...it included a giant checkers table with chairs that would comfortably seat (and support!) the largest sumo wrestler.
I walked around this thing several times, trying to get the sense of it and to get into the mind of the artist(s). Ok, I have pallets, and I'm an architecture student that is dating an art student, and we both have a term project due next week. And I like to sit outside, drink beer, and play checkers. Put it all together, and voila!
In these days of "austerity", maybe pallet art will catch on. Imagine, art in the parks that will actually shelter homeless people, and amuse them at the same time. And even if they burn it in the winter to stay warm, there are always plenty of pallets where those came from.
Pallet art. Another value-added wood product is born. Sell this to the municipal city planners, it'll fetch a couple hundred thousand, at least.