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Art ball is landlocked buoy

 

January 12, 2022

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MAPLE AVENUE PAINT JOB? – In June 2018 Chris McCarthy painted her buoy on its hydraulic mining nozzle pedestal red, white and blue for the Fourth of July. Some titled it “A Heart-broken Nation.” In December the theme was the Christmas holidays, a much more buoyant topic. – Weekly News file photo

Maybe you saw, as you drove down Maple Avenue last month, an Alexander Calder-like array of giant ornaments spinning on arms held in place by a giant magnet on a giant metal ball in a small front yard two houses south of the old Hedlin ballfield.

That was the holiday version of Chris McCarthy’s garden buoy, which she decorates about 10 times a year.

McCarthy got the ball-shaped buoy at an estate sale 15 years ago. “I knew I was going to roll it into the front yard and paint ‘Go Braves’ on it, because my son, Patrick Layfield, was on the football team then,” she recalled.

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