Note from 2020: This post is a little snarky and I don’t make fun of stranger’s home decor anymore, but I had to leave this post in the archives because I had NO memory of this fountain until recently when E reminded me that we drove by it and said, “JESUS FOUNTAIN!” every time. When I found this picture for the entry I was like, “HOW DO I NOT REMEMBER THIS?”
There’s a house we pass a few times a week on our way to Super Target or the bookstore. Awhile back we noticed there was some sort of odd construction going on right in their front yard. As the weeks went by, we started thinking it was going to be a marble tower. But then one night we drove by and there were spotlights shining on it and we saw what we have since called, “The Jesus Fountain.” There is a tall fountain with mosaic marble/glass type tile with a shape of a cross designed on the fountain. The same mosaic pattern builds a wall around the yard and the driveway. It is quite an impressive piece of yard decoration, that’s for sure.
The artistic quality of this structure demands respect. It looks like it took a lot of time and a lot of skill. HOWEVER – isn’t it a strange thing to see in someone’s yard? Wouldn’t that be better suited for a church? I mean – at night there are SEVERAL spotlights shining on the fountain. The spotlights actually light up the entire yard and there’s even a wooden walkway around the fountain. It’s definitely not what you would call “simple”. Now – I come from a long line of catholics and we are very big on the religious monuments – but this even seems much for me.
And my question is – would you pay more or less than normal for a house with that in the yard? I mean – it’s definitely a high-quality piece, but wouldn’t you consider it a negative on the house? Or is that just me and my hell-bound soul talking? I keep thinking that if it didn’t have the cross in it (which is more obvious at night with the spotlights), and if it were in the back yard, it might be considered a positive quality. But a religious structure on the front lawn? Not so much.
Or what if you lived next door? How would you feel watching this transpire? Would you be peeking out the window constantly trying to guess what it was going to be as it was being built? And would it cause you to question your own property value?
But most importantly – what do you think the inside of the house looks like?