If you’re looking for yard art with more of a presence than pink flamingos or roaming garden gnomes, consider Nomi Klein’s giant chess board idea. The San Francisco area artist has turned her backyard into a giant board game by installing a chess set made with paving tiles and chess pieces that are 43 inches tall and weigh 12 pounds each.
Nomi Klein chess sets are the only ones made in the U.S.. The artist-maker sells the chess pieces to individuals, but also to hotels and private gardens around the world. An individual piece sells for about $500 and a set for $15,500 at chessusa.com.