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Ashford, Washington: Ex Nihilo: Recycled Spirits of Iron

Artist Jay Bechtold's outdoor sculpture park includes a dinosaur, a horse made mostly of horseshoes, a giant spider, and an X-rated section.

WA Hwy. 706, Ashford, WA
Between Ashford and Elbe at the west entrance to Mt Rainier on south side of highway 706.
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Spirits of Iron.

Spirits of Iron - Metal Garden

It was quite a trek finding this place out in the woods, but so very cool. We spent at least an hour there seeing all the wonderful metal creations.

[Connie from Seattle, 08/02/2013]

Artist Dan Klennert's outdoor sculpture park has been entertaining the adventurous since the 1990s.

Driftwood horse with skull.

Ex Nihilo - Spirits of Iron

Definitely a 3 or 4 stop! Huge sculpture garden with steampunk spider, driftwood horse herd with real skulls and genuinely touching memorial garden for his beloved pets. Nice gift shop and great place to picnic!

[Tamara Paris, 09/19/2011]
Ex Nihilo - Spirits of Iron

Creative, extensive, comical, artistic, entertaining. A vast outdoor sculpture garden created from scrap metal, fallen deadwood, bones, and other items. Worth stopping by if you're in the area.

[Mitch Patrie, 10/13/2008]
Ex Nihilo - Spirits of Iron

It's a sculpture park that's huge! It has an x-rated section (which actually was kind of weird) and a way cool horse. There is a skeleton on a Harley-Davidson too. There's a ton of stuff to see. I really enjoyed it. They ask for donations in a bucket. I really like the elephants.

[Kiki Barr, 06/19/2006]
Spirits of Iron - Metal Menagerie

Dan Klennert is a metal sculptor who has erected a number of creatures in a sculpture park in Washington state. The giraffe, "Aspen Zoe," stands 17 feet tall. The park includes a dinosaur and a horse made almost entirely of horseshoes.

[, 11/18/2000]

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