Las Cruces, New Mexico: Recycled Roadrunner

Made of refuse from a local dump; 20 feet tall, 40 feet long. Disappeared in 2011, returned to its former spot in June 2014 -- now perched on a fake rock.

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Giant roadrunner. Giant Roadrunner

West of Las Cruces is a giant roadrunner made out of trash! This sculpture was made out of metal and trash from the old city dump where it resided until the dump closed a few years ago. Someone made an effort to save it and the city decided on an excellent place to put it -- at a rest stop on a mesa west of town, overlooking the city.

The roadrunner was put there about a year ago, in 2000. It is about 20 feet tall and 50 feet long (estimated).

[Brian Mcdermott, 04/01/2001]
Roadrunner. Rest Stop Roadrunner

This giant roadrunner provides a little competition for Paisano Pete. Don't know if she's bigger, but is definitely in a more dramatic location, high on the west mesa overlooking the Rio Grande valley and across to the Organ Mountains. It's made of recycled materials--old sneakers, etc. Great tourist photo ops!

[Chris williams, 11/23/2000]

Bigger than Paisano Pete... Looks almost too good to be true!

Giant Roadrunner

There is a rest area with a giant Roadrunner overlooking the freeway.

[Ed Johnston, 09/23/2000]

Recycled Roadrunner

Address:
I-10, Las Cruces, NM
Directions:
In a rest area on the south side of I-10, just west of Las Cruces and just east of the Picacho Ave. exit, between mileposts 134 and 135. Only accessible from the eastbound lanes.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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