I enjoy front yard statuary. I like how it is both an effort at beautification and a wordless gesture of communications. In some regions, yard Buddhas are very popular. In others, St. Francis is common. In southern Ohio, where I grew up, there was a yard globe fad for a while. I’d love to learn more about the history of front yard stuff (Someone has written an anthropology Ph D dissertation on this, no doubt).
Mary is very popular in Watertown. This photo shows a Mary who has had a pedestal built for her right inside the front yard fence on a Watertown side street. Clearly, the home owner wants Mary not just to bless those in the home but also those passing by. Perhaps he or she wants to remind those of us bustling by, weary with the changes and chances of this life, that Mary is praying for us.
My guess is that if I sat down with this homeowner, we would find that we have differing Mariologies. No matter. I am glad for the gesture, for the reminder of holy presence. Beats a yard globe any day.