Explore the Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park

When I visited the place where Dan Klennert creates and displays his artwork, I had no idea that my husband had been there a number of times before and had taken several of his friends and a brother to see this amazing art. It turns out we even had taken some of the very same photos.

Guess who this native Northwesterner is.

Klennert recycles in the broadest definition of the word and what he makes from what most of us would think is junk turns out to be beautiful. He keeps a room full of driftwood and another with 60 tons of horseshoes in it. A larger-than-life thoroughbred he made was created almost entirely out of horseshoes. In another room, he has several piles of “stuff” and he can tell you just what each pile is going to become as soon as he has the right part to complete it or has the time to get to it. A motorcycle, a bird, a sea creature…

His love of art began when he was practicing welding for a job. That welding morphed into artworks and he’s been creating art from recyclables for the past 40 years. He’s shown them around the U.S.

Daniel Klennert, artist extraordinaire.

This amazing four-acre sculpture park is located in Ashford, Washington, on the way to Mount Rainier. Klennert is happy to have you look around, take photos and ask him questions. And he hopes his art will put a smile on your face. It did mine.

While visiting, you're welcome to use this award-winning outhouse.

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7 Responses to Explore the Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park

  1. Irene says:

    What a unique artist!

  2. Living Large says:

    This looks like a really neat place to visit. I love art made from driftwood.

  3. Alisa Bowman says:

    So cool. I’m really into art made from found or recycled objects.

  4. This looks like a really cool place. I love sculpture parks and gardens. But I’ve never heard of this one.

  5. merr says:

    These are the kinds of spots that make a place memorable.

  6. What fascinating, unique sculptures.

  7. My husband has family in the south part of Oregon, whom we wish would visit Mr. Klennert’s fabulous art works…….. I too hope to visit there someday, once I retire ( 1 yr.) and will hope that his works so inspire my husband to finally do the sculpting that he has told me of for the past 15 years!!!!!! Wish us luck……. Friends from Maryland

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