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Franklin, Tennessee: Rusty Mechanism

Rusty is a giant metal man, 20 feet tall, built of old rusted factory parts. He has a heart of gold and a lightbulb inside his head. If you turn his left thumb, his head will turn too.

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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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]

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