The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska - Giant Fish Sculpture at Carhenge

Car Art Reserve: Carhenge Artwork in Nebraska

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Surrounding the Carhenge roadside attraction in Alliance, Nebraska (a replica of England’s Stonehenge made from cars) are some other interesting works of art that have been added throughout the years. Beyond the main attraction lies the field of Carhenge artwork is known as the Car Art Reserve that features art made of cars rangting from sculptures of fish to sculptures of dinosaurs…to even more cars!

Check out the Nebraska artwork at the Carhenge Car Art Reserve…

The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
The Spawning Salmon Carhenge sculpture in 2008
The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska - Giant Fish Sculpture at Carhenge
The Spawning Salmon and Dino sculptures at Carhenge, 2019
The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska - Giant Fish Sculpture at Carhenge
The Spawning Salmon at Carhenge Car Art Reserve, 2019

The Spawning Salmon

Created by Geoff Sandhurst of Canada

This giant metal salmon fish made from a car can be seen springing (spawning) from the ground just beyond the Stonehenge replica. Artist Geoff Sandhurst was 29 when he contributed this piece as one of the first works of art to be placed at the Car Art Reserve in Alliance after winning a a $2,500 prize.

Dino sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino dinosaur skeleton sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino dinosaur skeleton sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino dinosaur skeleton sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino dinosaur skeleton sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska

Dino Dinosaur Skeleton Sculpture

A big metal sculpture of a dinosaur skeleton made from car parts.

The Fourd Seasons, four cars representing different seasons, at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
The Ford Seasons, four cars representing different seasons, at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska

The Ford Seasons

“The Ford Seasons” (AKA “The Fourd Seasons”) is made up of four cars standing on end in various colors and heights sticking out of the ground. The car artwork was created by Jim Reinders (the same artist who created Carhenge itself) who was inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Each car represents one of the four seasonal stages of wheat grown in the area: the “spring” car is green, the “mature” car is yellow mature, the “late summer/after harvest” car is pink, and the “winter” car is white.

Graffiti car at Carhenge roadside attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Graffiti car at Carhenge roadside attraction in Alliance, Nebraska

Graffiti Car

Unlike some other roadside attractions made of cars (I’m looking at you, Cadillac Ranch), Carhenge is a strictly graffiti-free zone. In order to satisfy the itch so many road trippers have to spray paint roadside attractions, Carhenge installed this graffiti car. A lone white car ready for destruction.

Detroit is awake artwork at Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska
Detroit is awake gravestone car, 2008
Detroit is Awake gravestone car at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Detroit is Awake gravestone car, 2019

Detroit Is Awake Gravestone Car

Says the plaque: “Here lie the bodies of foreign cars. They served their purpose while Detroit slept. Now Detroit is awake and America is great!” This car serves as a gravestone for three cars that are buried at Carhenge.


Car Art Reserve: Carhenge Artwork

Location: 2141 County Rd. 59, Alliance, NE 69301
Hours: Open daily at all hours. Daylight hours are preferred.
Cost: Free. Donations are accepted.
Date: August 2008, August 2019


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Dino sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino dinosaur skeleton sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Dino dinosaur skeleton sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
The Fourd Seasons, four cars representing different seasons, at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
The Fourd Seasons, four cars representing different seasons, at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Graffiti car at Carhenge roadside attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Graffiti car at Carhenge roadside attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska - Giant Fish Sculpture at Carhenge
The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska – Giant Fish Sculpture at Carhenge
The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
The Spawning Salmon sculpture at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Detroit is Awake gravestone car at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Detroit is Awake gravestone car at Carhenge Roadside Attraction in Alliance, Nebraska
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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