Scrap Metal Art in the USA

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Scrap metal art can be found all over the United States. It has been used to create some amazing outdoor displays, roadside attractions, and fun sculptures. Here are some of the most unusual roadside attractions that you’re going to be able to find in the US to appreciate the creativity of American scrap metal artists.

#1. Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Cars at Cadillac Ranch. Source: One Man's Blog

Cars at Cadillac Ranch. Source: One Man’s Blog

Don’t let it be said that Americans don’t have a certain interest in astronomy. At this scrap metal art display, there are several Cadillacs that have been buried hood first into the ground. The angle of their burial corresponds with the exact angle that the Great Pyramid of Giza has as it points up to the night sky. For added flavor, there’s plenty of tagging involved for a colorful experience.

#2. Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska

Carhenge. Source: Abby S. M. Barron

Carhenge. Source: Abby S. M. Barron

If you can’t make it to the real Stonehenge, then don’t worry about it. Nebraska’s version is highly entertaining. It’s been made from 38 different scrap vehicles that were painted gray. Originally created in 1987 as a family memorial, it now hosts visitors who travel up Highway 87 from I-80 on their way to Yellowstone National Park.

#3. The World’s Largest 6-Pack in La Crosse, WI

The World's Largest 6-Pack. Source: The Pour Blog

The World’s Largest 6-Pack. Source: The Pour Blog

What’s better than having scrap metal art sitting in a field? How about scrap metal art that looks like a giant 6-pack of beer? That’s exactly what you’ll find at the Heileman Brewery. It’s useable art as well as the cans double as beer storage tanks. That’s right – the world’s largest 6 pack holds over 20,000 gallons of beer. They’re painted in macro-brewery brands that change from time to time. Don’t forget to stop to have a drink with the King, who curiously sits nearby with a large wine glass for some reason.

#4. Wee’l Turtle in Dunseith, North Dakota

The Wee'l Turtle. Source: Chuck Wilkson, Flickr

The Wee’l Turtle. Source: Chuck Wilkson, Flickr

Not only is this turtle made from scrap metal, the entire structure is composed of over 2,000 different scrap car rims. Built in 1982, this massive turtle stands over 18 feet tall. Just to make sure no one confuses the turtle for a lizard, a motor was added to the structure of the head so this scrap art display can also “act” like a turtle. Come around the holiday season and you’ll see a gigantic Santa hat on the turtle’s head.

#5. Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose, South Dakota

Porter Scupture Park. Source: Kelly Ludwig, Flickr

Porter Scupture Park. Source: Kelly Ludwig, Flickr

Many communities throughout the United States have a sculpture park that has a few unique scrap metal art options to few. None of them compare to this one. Over 40 sculptures are currently on display, all created by the artist Wayne Porter. The largest in the field is a 60 foot bull replica that could be mistaken for a minotaur on a dark enough evening. Fish, flowers, and dragons help to round out the entire display.

Scrap metal art is one of the richest forms of Americana that can be found in almost every corner of the nation still day. Take a road trip, visit your local art displays, and have some fun exploring the vision of an artist who decided not to recycle their leftover scrap metals.

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