Essex, Illinois: Jack Barker's Metal Menagerie (Gone) Team Field Report

Jack died, sculptures dispersed, auctioned. Local health policies may affect hours and access.

Jack Barker's Metal Menagerie.

Jack Barker's Metal Menagerie
A dense and varied variety of crazy metal creatures and characters created by a junk art sculptor, exhibited on his lawn. Artist Jack Barker passed away on May 16, 2012. Report...

Jack Barker's Metal Menagerie.

Essex, Illinois - Jack Barker: Inspiration from Junk
Jack Barker's Metal Menagerie: Jack Barker shows us some of his junk art sculptures and talks about his ideas. Watch Video.

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Barker's Knight.

Jack Barker Metal Art

Large metal sculptures of animals, bugs, people and more. Made of scrap metal items mostly -- some with moving parts.

[Karin V., 01/16/2010]

Jack Barker and Route 66 sculpture.

Jack Barker's Metal Art Sculptures

This is an update on Jack's metal art. I go there quite often, since he is my father-in-law, to photograph his art work.

[Karen Barker, 03/19/2009]

Jack Barker sculptures.

Jack Barker's Metal Art Sculptures

Jack Barker is a scrap metal sculptor and collector. The front yard of his garage is filled with metal sculptures he has created over the years. Very cool. If he is there, he will let you tour the inside. He is a super collector of stufffffffff. He still has his high school letterman sweater and leather football helmet (though torn and tattered) hanging from the ceiling.

Chatting with Jack, he said it is his place to get away when he is in the doghouse. "As a matter of fact I have been in the doghouse for the last 42 years," he chuckled.

Very nice place to visit and not far from the Gemini Giant and old route 66.

[Cory Lenger, 08/31/2008]

Barker also has an Elvis tribute corner in his building.

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