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Phil Brinkley
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Phil Brinkley grew up as part of an Air Force family, so they moved a lot around the United States. When he married Margaret, they eventually planted roots in south central Kansas. Although working full-time for Boeing Aircraft, Phil's spare time was spent customizing cars and motorcycles for himself and others. Around 1998, he learned to weld from his father-in-law and brother-in-law. That's when the "found art" began.

Phil named his yard environment "Jurassic Art." Dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes roam the yard or ride real motorcycles. The focal sculptural scene is a 7' tall knight whose armor was created from shinny chrome car bumpers, who wields a sword ready to defend himself against a 20' tall, intricate scaled metal dragon. The yard is interspersed with life-size metal creatures like soaring eagles, to small scorpions, antique gas pumps and 5' tall dragonflies.

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