How to Turn Old Car into Art

Larry Godwin is accustomed to people stopping outside his Brundidge, Ala., home and taking photos. 


But the travelers aren’t interested in photos of Godwin, or his home, or even his art gallery next door. They stop to take photos of the oversized rooster sculpture made of car bumpers that’s been greeting visitors on U.S. Highway 231 for 52 years. The rooster, which Godwin estimates to measure about 15 feet tall and weighs more than a ton, has been a roadside attraction since he built it in 1962 and gave it a home outside his gallery, called Art Wurks, opened in 1960.

The rooster is so popular, in fact, that it is listed on as one of Alabama’s attractions. “I guess everybody in the country who has a camera and comes by there has taken their picture with it,” Godwin, now 80 and still painting and sculpting, said with a laugh. Godwin uses all kinds of media for his art – pottery, paint, found objects – but he is not the only artist in the state who uses car parts to create giant roadside statuary.

Larry Godwin’s bumper-car rooster in Brundidge has been a landmark along U.S. Highway 231 since 1962. Have a look at the other Alabama

artists who create car-part art.