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Man Creates Sculptures From Junk Along I-82

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BENTON CITY, WA. -- Depending on when you're driving, you may have seen something unusual along the side of Interstate 82 near Yakitat Road.


Lets face it, cruising down Interstate 82 isn't exactly the most exciting drive. But when you hit Yakitat Road, if you keep your eyes out on the side of the highway, you'll find something pretty unusual.


From both the driver seat and even up close, these sculptures look like the work of a professional. But to Roger Stark, it's just trash. 


"Yeah I'm basically just self taught, just kind of hooking stuff together," Stark said. 


Roger bought the land his home currently sits on for a deal mostly because there was a pile of trash on it. But where we see junk, Roger saw an opportunity. 


"I just kind of built one thing, two things, and all of a sudden, everyone's all what's that?" Stark said. "And I've kind of been building one or two a year."


For four years Roger has worked on the statues when he has time off from his job as a roofer. He takes anything he can find, from an old washing machine to create a jack in the box, to old windshield wipers to make the iron man's blades. Because his last name is Stark, get it?


Roger says his sculptures are family friendly. 


"Kids and stuff all seem to love the Spongebob, all the ladies seem to like the mailbox and the guys the spider," Roger said.  "A little bit of something for everybody."


And drivers have noticed.


"Different people come out, they stand out here, they pose beside them," Roger said. "Originally I had some guy who hit my original mailbox because he was so busy looking at the stuff."


You may ask, why does he do this? Roger says it's simple. He just wants to make each driver's day a little better. 


"Well I just am always trying to have a good time and pass it along kind of thing," Roger said. 


So next time you mindlessly pass by that space in between the Tri-Cities and Prosser, take a detour at Yakitat Road. You never know what you'll find. 

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