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'Landmark for Edgar': Car sculptures draw attention in small town

'Landmark for Edgar': Car sculptures draw attention in small town
Posted at 6:41 PM, Aug 14, 2023

EDGAR — In the small town of Edgar, the lone bar and restaurant is no longer the only thing driving people to the community.

A fairly new garden has been planted at the end of Elwell Street, right before the train tracks.

“You pack the dirt in very carefully, water them, the dirt settles, you add more dirt. Yeah, it’s a process,” said Edgar resident Greg Nelson.

But Nelson isn't talking about planting flowers. He is talking about planting cars into the ground.

'Landmark for Edgar': Car sculptures draw attention in small town

“This is Fordhenge,” Nelson said. “I was always fascinated with Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska, and last summer I got the chance to go see it. And after seeing it, I thought, you know, I could do a whole lot better than that.”

So, Nelson used his knowledge gained from working on cars and got to work creating a 16-car art piece. Nelson also added flowers in and around the cars and memorial trees around the art piece.

Nelson has Fords from the 1950s to the 1960s featured either stacked on top of each other, buried into the ground or just sitting as is.

'Landmark for Edgar': Car sculptures draw attention in small town

“If I had put all of them in just straight upright and everything, it would be rather boring. So, I kind of let the art happen as it happens. And it works,” Nelson said.

Other Edgar residents agree that the art piece "works" for their town.

“Now, (Nelson has) sort of now become a landmark for Edgar," resident Nev Harding said. "It should be a tourist attraction. It’s a nice addition to Edgar.”

Denise Mass, who has lived in Edgar for 10 years, agreed.

“Yeah, and it’s very pleasing to look at,” she said.

Harding remembers when Nelson was first getting started on the project about a year and a half ago.

“It started out to be just a bunch of parked cars, and then almost overnight he started this creation," Harding said. "In a few days, it started to take shape. It was fantastic."

'Landmark for Edgar': Car sculptures draw attention in small town
Greg Nelson, 61, sits by his 'Fordhenge' art piece.

Nelson has two art degrees and said there is still more work to do for his art piece.

“I still need a ‘52 Ford in here,” he said. “Eventually I would like to do a mural on this back wall with the scene from the Radiator Springs in the Cars movie. I think that would be a nice way to finish off that wall.”

'Landmark for Edgar': Car sculptures draw attention in small town

The back wall that Nelson mentioned is currently covered in "No Trespassing" signs. He said it's not to be unfriendly but for insurance purposes. He welcomes anyone to drive by and stop for a bit to take photos.

“It’s just kind of neat thing that I thought I wanted to do and it turned out pretty slick,” he said.