Franklin, Tennessee: Rusty Mechanism

Rusty is a giant metal man, 20 feet tall, built of old rusted factory parts. He has a lunch pail, eyeglasses, and a baseball cap. He took six years to build and weighs over two tons.

Factory At Franklin

Address:
Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN
Directions:
I-65 exit 66. Drive west on Murfreesboro Rd for one mile, then turn right onto Hwy 397/Mack Hatcher Memorial Pkwy. Drive north one mile, then turn left onto Liberty Pike. Drive west one mile. The Factory At Franklin will be on the right; Rusty stands next to the entrance to the building.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Rusty Mechanism

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Rusty Mechanism. Rusty Mechanism

Rusty still stands tall at the side entrance to the Factory, a complex of ten industrial buildings that are being restored one by one. They now house all sorts of locally-owned galleries, art workshops, an antique store, a couple of restaurants, and a theater company. Even if you are not in a shopping mood, stop inside; the renovation has kept the industrial feel and ruggedness to the interior.

Rusty is well documented and is a popular topic of conversation with the shopkeepers.

[casaflamingo, 11/15/2014]
Rusty Mechanism. Rusty Mechanism

This guy is built to last. Statement piece, covering all the basics: recycling, hard work, and American pride. Worth the stop and easy to find!

[J Bradshaw, 04/10/2014]

Artist Kris Nethercutt spent six years building Rusty. A sign next to the statue lists Rusty's components: his bladder is water tank, his nostrils are car horns, etc.

Rusty Mechanism. Rusty Mechanism

Inside the Factory shopping center's lot. Look for the huge water tower marking the spot.

[Mary Helen, 04/01/2010]
Rusty Mechanism. Rusty Mechanism

He's looking good in 2010. Very cool sculpture -- lots of metal parts put together in a creative way.

[Buzz, 02/03/2010]
Rusty Mechanism. Rusty Mechanism at the Factory

Rusty the Metal Man stands in front of The Factory at Franklin (circa-1929 buildings that once served as the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company and is now a historic shopping, dining and entertainment complex). Rusty is made of metal parts which I assume came from the original equipment that was housed inside this factory. Rusty carries a metal lunch pail, wears eyeglasses, and sports a ball cap.

[RegalRed1, 04/24/2009]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Financial Peace Plaza SignFinancial Peace Plaza Sign, Brentwood, TN - 3 mi.
Topiary Bison - Salt Lick Bound!Topiary Bison - Salt Lick Bound!, Nashville, TN - 10 mi.
Worst Train Wreck in U.S. HistoryWorst Train Wreck in U.S. History, Nashville, TN - 14 mi.
In the region:
Sam Davis Grave, Home, Museum, Smyrna, TN - 20 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the US and Canada are our special obsession. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

November 26, 2014

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Tennessee Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Alabama's Housewife-Whacking Meteorite, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Nov 24-30, 2014)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Franklin, Tennessee

Nightly rates found:

Book Online Now