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8 roadside attractions made from salvaged materials

By: Laura Moss on May 3, 2012, 6:02 p.m.
Recycled Roadrunner

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Recycled Roadrunner

Standing atop a hill in Las Cruces, N.M., overlooking Interstate 10, is a 20-foot roadrunner sculpture made from trash from the city dump. The bird was built from a variety of objects, including toys, computer parts and sheet metal, but its belly was made almost entirely from discarded white shoes.


Since the bird arrived on the mesa in 2000, people have been writing graffiti on the shoes. There are many declarations of love and generic “I was here” posts, but one blogger says this was his favorite message: "I drive this truck so my boy can attend a good college and become something better than his old man ever dreamed. Look after me and my rig as I pass below, amigo.”