Nearby where I used to live in Cheraw, CO, there is an incredible yard art display that I happened on one day purely by accident when riding my bike outside of town. I later learned that it is called “Junkrassic Park,” created by retired farmer Johnnie Allen, who has been welding together pieces of defunct and unused farm equipment since the early 1990s to create a visual absurdity that is somehow brilliant. There are nearly 80 different sculptures of various sizes, and the collection was even highlighted in Roadside America in 2009. It truly was weird and amazing to see, and I’d be curious to know if the sculptures have entirely rusted through by now.
I rode my bike by the property many times when I lived out there, but when Adam was visiting in June of ’04 I brought my camera out and snapped several shots. The character sculptures each have punny names and the structures are surreal. If you ever get a chance to drive through the area, check it out. If I ever make it back to that area, I’ll be sure to post updated pictures, but in the meantime, here are some of the shots I took in 2004.