Forkland, Alabama: Jim Bird's Hay Bale Art and Tin Man

Since 1993 rancher Jim Bird has been populating a field along the Demopolis Hwy with creatures and vehicles made of hay bales and farm junk -- including a 32-foot-tall Tin Man.
Address:
Demopolis Hwy, Forkland, AL
Directions:
The field of art stretches along about a half-mile on the west side of US Hwy 43/Demopolis Hwy, either 2.5 miles south of the intersection of Hwy 41/69 at Forkland, or nine miles north of the intersection of US Hwy 80 in Demopolis.
Admission:
Free
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Jim Bird's Hickory Bark Gator.

Jim Bird's Hickory Bark Gator

Mr. Bird has a new attraction: an alligator made from twisted together hickory bark (He had a high school boy help him). Jim is 89 years old; his brother Mafus is 92. I sat and spoke with both of them.

Mr Bird's plantation property has the Tombigbee River running along the western side. It's adjacent to Rattlesnake Bend, where the "government cut" was made by the Army Corps of Engineers as a shorter route for tug traffic. Since Jim's house burned down -- a huge pecan tree fell on it in a storm -- he lives in a 1950 overseer's house. He has great stories, such as crash landing his Piper Cub, twice! He's got a 12-cylinder moonshine car. I will be seeing him again after Thankgiving.

[T Hruska, 11/15/2016]
Jim Bird's Hay Bale Art and Tin Man

Neat things to see along the road. Sad note today though -- Mr. Bird's house burned down last night. He is okay but lost the entire house.

[Nina, 06/18/2016]

Hay bale bunny.

Jim Bird's Hay Bale Art

The bales are a bit run down and we didn't run into Jim, but it was still fun to go see these! That's talent!

[ME, 04/26/2012]

Jim Bird and his golf cart.

Jim Bird's Hay sculptures

Fun place. Met Jim. Nice man. His golf cart is as great an oddity as his hay bale sculptures.

In the photo of Jim in his golf cart, the air hose activates five paper party favors -- the type which roll in and out. This is the lion's tongue.

[Mary Foster, 04/04/2011]
Hay Bale Art

Round hay bales made into Betty Boop, a helicopter, statue of Liberty. The entrance to the driveway was old trees with Bird on the top. Had metal tin man and Snoopy and Woodstock, also.

[Debi Beckman, 05/07/2003]

For years, rancher Jim Bird has been populating a field along the Demopolis Hwy with creatures and vehicles made of hay bales and farm junk. His Tin Man is an impressive 32 feet tall.

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