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Rapid City, South Dakota: Man Made From Tires (Gone)

Tires painted red, white, and blue have been creatively transformed into smiling envoys of commerce at an automobile tire business. Started as a pair of tire guys -- one remained after 2009; MIA in 2022.

Outside The Tire Guys. I-90 exit 57 onto I-190/US 16 (Mt Rushmore). Drive 1.5 miles south, then turn left onto Omaha St./Hwy 44 for 1.5 miles. On the right side, just past Waterloo St.

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Man Made From Tires

Unfortunately he's no longer there due to a car accident.

[Sylvia, 05/08/2023]

Tire Guys.

Tire Guys

These guys can be seen at 327 E Omaha St.

[Joe Boulter, 11/09/2006]

They were built by Ron Tyrrell, who owns the tire shop. He calls them Tire Man and Buddy. Tire Man was built in 1988; Buddy was added in 2005. We asked Ron if he had been influenced by other roadside artists. "Nope. I always had it in my mind to build a man out of tires."

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