Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Part II: Inside the artsy Rancho Deluxe Z Garden in Mason City September 25, 2014

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A PRECISE WORD EDLUDES me to describe the Rancho Deluxe Z Garden in Mason City, Iowa.

A sign welcomes visitors to this unofficial, privately-owned Mason City sculpture garden.

A sign welcomes visitors to this unofficial, privately-owned Mason City sculpture garden.

Rather, I must choose a list of words for this half-acre garden created by local Max Weaver: quirky, odd, unique, creative, unbelievable. And, yes, even a bit weird.

See for yourself in these images snapped during a recent visit to 500 Second Street Northeast:

While touring here, you certainly will ask yourself about the meaning of many objects and displays.

While touring here, you certainly will ask yourself about the meaning of many objects and displays.

An outside the fence view.

An outside the fence view.

I really liked this circular garden art placed next to ornamental grass.

I really liked this circular garden art placed next to ornamental grass.

An eclectic mix.

An eclectic mix.

boat

An “air boat.”

I simply love this repurposing of 4,000 pound cement blocks as canvas for art.

I simply love this repurposing of 4,000 pound cement blocks as canvas for art.

Love this message in a maze of blocks.

Love this message in the maze of blocks.

Even old signage proves artful.

Even old signage proves artful.

One of my favorite sculptures features wheel covers.

One of my favorite sculptures features wheel covers.

The garden even includes a veterans' memorial.

The garden even includes a veterans’ memorial.

More projects and/or space for future expansion spotted through bars on the property.

More projects and/or space for future expansion spotted through a barred barrier on the property.

FYI: Click here to read my first post about Rancho Deluxe Z Garden.

Please check back next week for more stories from my visit to Mason City.

Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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11 Responses to “Part II: Inside the artsy Rancho Deluxe Z Garden in Mason City”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    This destination is official on my list. What an eclectic and somewhat bizarre collection of stuff.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    It is quirky, for sure. But a fun place to spend some time with a friend. 🙂

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    This place has always been a wonderment to me, also!!! Although my comments have been few, my readings are “up to date” with your writings! Thanks so much for taking us all along on your rural and urban wanderings. I always feel like I’ve been there!!!! Hugs…………………..

  4. AMAZING – What a Great Place to Explore and Photograph – thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Happy Day!


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