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Centralia, Washington: RichArt's Art Yard (Gone) Team Field Report

I-5 Exit 82 to Harrison Avenue east. The Art Yard will be on the left.
July 2012: Rich reported retiring, taking apart all art.

RichArt's Art Yard.

RichArt's Art Yard

Outsider artist Rich Tracy (1933-2022) explained his jumble of sculptures and yard art to anyone with 5 dollars and 55 minutes to spare. Report...

RichArt tours his yard.

Centralia, Washington - Keeping Up With RichArt
RichArt's Art Yard:

Styrofoam artist RichArt retired his yard art in 2012. We took one of his speedy yard tours in 2004.

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RichArt's Art Show

I live in Centralia. RichArt's Art Show is just about a mile away from me. It is being taken down. He started a few months ago and is intending to take down all of the art. At this time it is almost done. I check it out every time I drive by it, but it is no longer an attraction to see.

[Troy N Houghtaling Sr, 08/08/2012]

Noticed yesterday, driving by the RichArt house on Main St, that the yard looks like the art is being taken out. Doesn't look like by backhoe, but wonder what is going on.

[Jerrilyn Henson, 03/08/2012]

Yard Art, Centralia, Washington.

Art Farm

Yard Art may be another description of this collection of unique recyclables in downtown Centralia, WA. This home is in the midst of the residential area in Centralia and on the main entrance to town. Perhaps it is an eyesore to some, yet it qualifies as a Strange Site. Richard Tracy, a retired art instructor, began his venture in 1985 by building sculptures out of styrofoam. Today his pieces of yard art are made from a variety of plastics, metal, wire and rubber and completely engulf his living quarters. As interesting as the yard art is, so too is the character behind the art. Rich Art, as he prefers to be called, is serious about his hobby. He is willing to share, but one must have an appointment during the off season. He is open to the public between Memorial Day and Labor Day. He says he doesn't do it for a living ... he does it to live!

[Vernadel Nelson, 10/26/2002]

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