Franklin, Tennessee: Rusty MechanismRusty 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
- Liberty Pike, Franklin, TN
- 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.
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Visitor Tips and News About Rusty Mechanism
Inside the Factory shopping center's lot. Look for the huge water tower marking the spot.[Mary Helen, 04/01/2010]
He's looking good in 2010. Very cool sculpture -- lots of metal parts put together in a creative way.[Buzz, 02/03/2010]
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]
Rusty can be seen outside The Factory At Franklin. The Factory is a shopping mall. Rusty is standing tall and looking good.[Kristine, 03/03/2009]
A 20-ft. tall tall human form sculpted from recycled machinery parts - "Rusty Mechanism."[Movis, 01/22/2009]
Formal name is Russell T. Mechanism, created by artist Chris Nethercutt out of recycled junk over a six year period, and erected in 2008. Rusty is some sort of plant shift worker -- he wears a cap and carries a metal lunchbox in his right hand. Nethercutt built in some goofy details: a spigot in case Rusty gets "water on the knee," a wrench for a "wrenched ankle," a bug in his ear, and more. "The Factory" is a reuse of the old building, now filled with shops and restaurants.