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Monday, November 9, 2015

'Recycled Spirits of Iron' by Dan Klennert

"Cleanse your mind and soul, 
leave the fast pace of city 
and take a stroll through my imagination"
Dan Klennert

...and what the imagination it is!
Dan, our stop at your wonderland was a final high note of our trip to Mt. Rainier 
in late October.
Wandering among your sculptures was only part of the treat.
Another part was talking to you and watching you selecting a piece of metal or driftwood and 
saying: This will be a wing, or a head, or something else.
Blessed with vivid imagination you are!

 Finding old metal that served people well for many years,
picking it up in fields, farms, junkyards and along the roads, giving it a second life,
a chance to serve people again  - what a mission!

Field of Dreams. This is where dreams start...

I don't know what other people think when they see these neatly stacked piles of old metal. 
My thoughts were: organization, organization, organization!
This views could serve as illustrations in a textbook on home economics.

Love it!

I leave it for you to peek inside during your visit... You won't regret...

Restroom anyone?

Dan is Picasso of old metal - came to my mind when I saw this horse.
And an image of  Don Quixote came to my mind too.
It's a chain reaction - Dan's vivid imagination makes one's mind spin too!
"I ask you please to, not only look at what I have created,
also look at what I have used to create them".
( Dan Klennert).

'Others have seen what is and asked why.
I have seen what could be and asked why not'
(Pablo Picasso)
'There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot,
but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence,
 transform a yellow spot into the sun.'
(Pablo Picasso)

There is much more to see in Daniel Klennert's Sculpture Park and Gallery.
It's located along State Route 706, on the way to Mt. Rainier National Park,
3 miles East of Elbe,  Washington state.
Gallery open May through October.
Stop by and see EX-NIHILO  - 'Something Made Out Of Nothing' (Latin).
Allow yourself plenty of time.
As for me, the glimpses of rusty pieces of old metal along the road will never look the same,
and I will feel the same way about the pieces of driftwood on the Washington and Oregon beaches as well. 

***Copyright 2015 TatyanaS


  1. Thank you Tatyana, what an amazing artist and place he has much creativity...

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your photos of this special place. It takes a unique creative talent to be able to see the potential in all those pieces of cast-off rusty metal.

  3. I'm so glad you found it. I've been several times and every time I'm blown away at each piece of art he has created. One of the first times I went I had my uncle with me. He could tell me where most of the pieces of metal came from because he works on a ranch in Colorado and used a lot of the machinery. Thanks for taking me there again. I see he has a train engine again. He had one there several years ago but it was gone the last time I was there. It was huge and nothing on it came from a real train. I didn't see the giraffe by the road or the horse with the old sewing machine in the abdomen. I hope they found a good home. They were HUGE!

  4. So much inspiration there! I love witnessing the results of a creative mind in action. The horses, in particular, are really incredible. But Dan offers some down-to-earth ideas, too, that us mere mortals can incorporate. ;-) Lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this stuff. Rust and gardens go together so well. I've been making regular trips to the scrap yard. I don't make things but I like setting old pieces in the garden. Fun. Great post.

  6. What inspired artwork! Dan has such vision and a fabulous imagination! Love this work and am looking forward to visiting next summer. You find such great places to visit.

  7. Mind blowing, as you say, so creative. Also there's a lot of humour. It's fun, he doesn't take himself so seriously as lots of artists. The quotes by Picasso are so appropriate. Refreshing not to see any plastic, all natural materials. I would love to visit this place, it's unlikely, but who knows the future?

  8. Wit, imagination, and incredible talent produces amazing art! I have always loved old rusty art objects. These are fabulous - the animals, the locomotives, and the old folks, especially the old rust face with the brush hair! I love the Picasso quotes!

  9. What an interesting spot! Sure looks like a place for Grace Peterson to enjoy!

  10. I have always liked rusty metal artwork in the garden, some of these take it to another dimension.


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