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Yardbirds flock to ArtWalk

Article Published: Jun. 26 | Modified: Jun. 26
Yardbirds flock to ArtWalk

Rich Kolb’s metallic animal sculptures, called Yardbirds, are a customer favorite at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.

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Rich Kolb and his father created the first “Yardbird” more than 20 years ago in Jamestown, Ky.
Today, the metallic animal sculptures are a favorite at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.

Kolb spent most of his career making things out of metal, including farm gates and large satellite dishes. His family members began discussing all the things they could make with scrap materials and, after experimenting with junk found around their own home, the first Yardbird was born.

They were an instant hit, so Kolb began creating Yardbirds full-time, eventually moving the operation to Louisville, Ky. Kolb uses discontinued, rejected and scrap materials as much as possible and will incorporate anything from garden tools to car parts to farm implements.

“Yardbirds are a great way to contribute to the good of the environment,” Kolb said. “They save rejected metal parts from ending up in a landfill, and they beautify homes and yards everywhere.”
Every six months, numerous new designs are added to the Yardbird collection of sculptures, wine caddies, flowerpot holders and pet feeders.

For Kolb, creating Yardbirds turns work into fun.

“Each sculpture is unique, whimsical and guaranteed to bring pleasure to its owner,” he said. “A Yardbird is a great conversation piece.”

The Yardbird collection can be found on the main floor at ArtWalk, located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, or visit

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