A 32-mile stretch of road between the towns of Gladstone and Regent, North Dakota, is called the Enchanted Highway because it’s filled with huge scrap metal sculptures depicting wildlife, Western scenes, and even historical figures. The artist is retired schoolteacher Gary Greff.
Small towns in the country were slowly being deserted and Gary Greff was worried about this growing trend. So beginning in 1990, he started creating massive metal sculptures that he planned to place along the Regency-Gladstone Road every few miles to arouse the curiosity of drivers and tourist using the road. Gary wants to create ten sculptures. So far, he has completed seven and the eighth one is reportedly in progress. All the sculptures face north, toward the oncoming traffic from the interstate, and each one is accompanied by a pull-out area with place for picnic and tourists to unwind. It was Gary’s idea to rename the road the Enchanted Highway.
Greff gets a lot of help from local farmers, volunteers, and even the Boy Scouts. If you can’t make it to North Dakota anytime soon, you can take a pictorial tour of the sculptures lining the Enchanted Highway at Amusing Planet. -via the Presurfer
(Image credit: USDA Farm Service Agency)