Scrap Wood & WheelsWednesday, July 21, 2010
POST MILLS, Vt. – Does a 25-foot-tall, 122-foot-long dinosaur need a permit to avoid extinction?
That's the unlikely dilemma posed by "Vermontasaurus," a whimsical sculpture thrown together with scrap wood by a Vermont man. The oddity now faces opposition from neighbors and regulatory challenges from government entities that he fears could force him to dismantle it.
Last month, he decided to turn a pile of broken wooden planks and other detritus on the edge of his property into something more. Boland says was the idea was to build a sculpture that could be a community gathering place, with no admission and no commercial element.
Using a dinosaur model as his inspiration, he put out a call for volunteer helpers and went to work.
He cut a huge pine tree into four pieces and, using a back hoe, planted them as the bases of the four feet. Then, over nine days and using dozens of volunteers, the ersatz sculpture began taking shape.
A splintered 2-by-4 here, the rotted belly of a guitar there, half a ladder from a child's bunk bed here, Boland and his volunteers worked under basic ground rules: No saws, no rulers and no materials other than what was in the scrap pile.
Dirk Koppers, 40, who lives next door to Wilson, said he loves it.
"It shows such creativity," he said. "You just don't go to places and be surprised anymore. Everything's always so controlled or so governed."
There's also a giant turtle made from wheels in Dunseith, North Dakota:
Image of Dunseith-Wee'l Turtle used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic. Thank you!
Anyone else know of any newish large-scale roadside sculptures?