Phil Brinkley (b. 1953)
Art Type or Medium: Assemblage; Environment/Installation; Sculpture; Yard Displays
Secular or Religious: Secular
In 1998 Phil Brinkley began to weld dinosaurs, dragons, knights, and other fanciful creations out of automobile and farm implement parts. He also works with commercial metal sheets and makes use of metal construction tube and bar stock. He is retired after 40 years with the Cessna Aircraft Company, and helps his son with his auto body shop located on the family property that’s filled with Phil’s sculptures. Transformer-inspired figures and a “solar vortex time machine” appeared in 2020, and there is an in-progress USS Enterprise made from sandwiched satellite dishes in the workshop. Phil was commissioned by the Trinity Christian Academy in Wichita to fabricate a monumental silver knight to stand on a small island in their pond, and the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita displays one of Phil’s Tyrannosaurus rex’s in front in the museum entrance. Visitors are welcome to drive in and walk around on the property, and visit the cemetery for discontinued auto brands.
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