On a road trip from Utah’s Goblin Valley to Kanab, travel enthusiast Frank Kovalchek was surprised to discover these bizarre metal monsters guarding an abandoned motel. The recycled art, crafted from chunks of scrap metal, represents a variety of strange creatures, from what appears to be a dinosaur to a rusty dog-monster hybrid and a skeleton playing a banjo.
Located in Hanksville, Utah, the twisted tubes of rusty metal creatively crafted into alternative forms of urban art are arguably the most striking features of this desolate town. The abandoned motel reflects a lack of trade, but these strange sculptures succeed in capturing the attention of passing motorists – albeit rather eerily.
Like other artists who adapt recycled materials, their anonymous creator seems to have weighed the environmental benefits of forging scrap metal art from discarded objects. But in an ironic twist, it appears the recycled art sculptures designed to attract customers to the motel have taken over as the town’s main tourist destination. (Check out more recycled and abandoned art.)