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Folk-Art Installation Grows Near Topeka

truckhengeA portion of the folk-art "Truckhenge" in Shawnee County. (Flickr Photo via queenkv)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A couple's spat with bureaucracy has led to the creation of a folk-art installation that draws about 2,000 visitors each year to their Topeka-area farm. The Kansas City Star reports that the project started when officials told Ron and Linda Lessman the rusty trucks on their property were a hazard because they live in a flood plain. But instead of moving them, Ron Lessman sank the trucks in concrete and dubbed them When there were complaints about some nonfunctioning boats on his property, along came Boathenge. Other projects have followed. The latest is a line of fencing festooned with fake Christmas tree branches. It's titled the "Wall of Lame" and dedicated to arts organizations in Topeka that have so far declined his invitations to view his art.

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