Jim Dickerman’s “Open Range Zoo”

"Woody" - one of the creatures in the Open Range Zoo along the highways in Lincoln County. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

“Woody” – one of the creatures in the Open Range Zoo along the highways in Lincoln County. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

Jim Dickerman is a local artist who has dotted the landscape with his creations made from just about anything including old farm equipment, car parts, scrap metal, animal bones and feathers, driftwood, limestone, and antlers.  You have to keep your eyes open and alert as creatures in his “Open Range Zoo” pop up in unexpected places along the highways such as the tops of fence posts and billboards, tucked between tree groves, and perched on top of rock outcroppings.  Jim’s work has been featured on various websites and museums around the state.

Driving instructions start on Highway 18 in Lucas, Kansas and moving towards the east, then on Highway 14 starting in Lincoln and moving towards the south to I-70.

(*) – Indicates a night active sculpture with movement and light

 

"Lot Lizard" - part of the Open Range Zoo and found on Highway 14 near mile marker 181 south of Lincoln. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

“Lot Lizard” – part of the Open Range Zoo and found on Highway 14 near mile marker 181 south of Lincoln. Photo credit: Mercedes Abraham

Lucas, Kansas (Russell County)

  • Grassroots Art Center – 213 S. Main Street – Jim’s work is displayed along with many other Grassroots artists
  • Scoop Dig It – Bowl Plaza, Main Street in Lucas – it’s situated between Jim’s “Wheel of Heritage” and “Prehistoric Spacecraft”
  • Grassness Monster – at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 18, Lucas
  • Wow Flower – North Wolf Street in the yard of the last house on right before Highway 18
  • Grassroots Bird – at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 232, just east of Lucas

Highway 18 between Lucas and Lincoln, Kansas

  • *Super Bug – on the South side of Highway 18 between mile markers 83 and 84
  • Big Bird – near mile marker 87 (perched on top of hill)
  • Fisher Bird – mile marker 91 (perched on top of silo on the north side of the highway)
  • Golf Bird 2 – mile marker 92 (on the south side)
  • Windage Bird and Tin Man – on a farmstead near intersection with 9th Street (on the north side)

Junction of Highways 18 & 14 and Driving East on Hwy 18 in Lincoln, Kansas

  • Dream Dragon Breakout – NE corner of intersection on Highway 18 and 14 at Lincoln
  • Witch and Monkey – driving East – ½ mile on Hwy 18 on the north side
  • Bird is a Bird – just past the Witch and Monkey – driving east (on the north side)
  • Internal Flame of Peace – just past Bird is a Bird – driving east (on the north side)
  • Peace – where Lincoln Avenue meets Highway 18 by the cemetery and the park

In Lincoln, Kansas

  • Tall Man – East Court St, across the street from the Carnegie Lincoln Library
  • 2 Flowers – one is south of the Library on S. 3rd St., one is by the Police Station on N. 2nd
  • Peace Collector – between 1st and 2nd on Lincoln Avenue
  • Horse Shoe Sign on a tree at the Horse Shoe Range at Lincoln Park

Highway 18 between Lincoln and Beverly, Kansas

  • Rufus – mile marker 101 on the south side of the road – on a wall in the distance
  • Pasture Parrot – mile marker 102 on the south side of Highway 18
  • Debdacto – mile marker 106 (flying) on the south side of Highway 18
  • Headless Dream Dragon Harvester – mile marker 106 on the north side of Highway 18
  • *Sky Pony – mile marker 107 on the north side of Highway 18
  • Draco – mile marker 108 on the north side of Highway 18

In Beverly, Kansas

  • In Memory of Bernadette (Bernie) Anderson – Highway 252 in Beverly, it’s a heart wheel
  • Flash – on South Christie Street, by neighborhood watch sign

Highway 18 East of Tescott, Kansas

  • Power Hawk – mile marker 113 north side of Highway (3 miles on past Tescott E Hwy 18)

Highway 14 (from Lincoln going North)

  • Golf Bird – mile marker 184 on the east hillside

Highway 14 (from Lincoln going South towards I-70)

  • Marauder and Dino Bird – mile marker 182 (1 ¼ miles south of the 18/14 Junction) on the east side of Highway 14, situated in a field
  • *World Peace Guy – mile marker 182 (1 ½ miles south of the 18/14 Junction) Look up to find him!!
  • *Dream Dragon – mile marker 181 (2 miles south of the 18/14 Junction) east side of Highway 14
  • *Lot Lizard – mile marker 181 (2 ¼ miles south of the 18/14 Junction) west side of Highway 14
  • Stone Flowers – mile marker 181 (2 ½ miles south of the 18/14 Junction) along the east ditch
  • *Gasasaurus and Dino – just above the Stone Flowers
  • *Rotorooter – just by the Stone Flowers (it’s small and green and orange)
  • *Red Bird – mile marker 181 (about a blocks length further south from Lot Lizard) west side of Highway 14
  • Bird – mile marker 180 (on a post)
  • Little Bird – mile market 178 (sits on the “Welcome to Lincoln” sign)

 

For more photos of Jim Dickerman’s creations and geo-location coordinates, please check: http://www.panoramio.com/user/8721801?show=all

 

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