Jurustic Park

By: Sarah Stokes Email
By: Sarah Stokes Email

There are countless places to explore in western Wisconsin, and two retired couples managed to create huge tourist attractions right across the road from each other.

Last week, we toured Foxfire Gardens, today we meet the neighbors, who have grown a yard full of their own kind of art.

We head north of Marshfield, to Jurustic Park.

Sarah Stokes: If you're planning a visit to Jurustic Park, you better be ready to let your imagination take flight.

"This is a positron, a very affirmative bird. She flies, she sings," says Clyde Wynia.

Within seconds of stepping foot on Clyde Wynia's lawn, you know he likes to make a little make believe out of all this metal.

"These are all the extinct creatures that used to inhabit the marsh during the Iron Age," he says.

But he also likes to make you laugh as he makes his way through the maze.

"I designed it as Army dragon, but it's more like a Naval dragon. You can tell by the outie on his belly."

Clyde spent 40 years as a lawyer, but instead of getting rusty in his retirement, he surrounded himself with rust.

"I love it, it's a dream retirement, people come here I don't have to go anywhere, I sell several hundred pieces a year it's a fantastic life."

This welded world started with a one winged creature. "16 years ago for kicks I made the bird that hangs in the tree over there," he adds.

Now his designs draw quite a crowd. Every year 15,000 people from all over the world come through his yard.

Wynia adds, "and most people are in a good mood, once in a while we get people in a bad mood but they're funny so we don't care."

As his hobby has taken flight, so has his wife Nancy's.

"We never really intended this to happen," Nancy laughs.

Nancy Wynia, a retired nurse, is an artist in her own right.
She spins her own yarn, knits, does needle felting, makes glass into everything from jewelry to ornaments and teaches classes.

"You really have to have a reason to get up in the morning, have a reason to keep your mind active and to keep learning," she says.

Her hobby house, or hobbit house as they call it, is in the heart of Jurustic Park and she says it means a lot to have people care about their art.

"It's great when you can share it with people who enjoy it," she says.

"It's really an armchair adventure because we get people from all over the world here," she says.

And in this world, Clyde's big imagination and a big welder are all it takes to make a little metal magic.

"I love to play," he says.

Sarah: Jurustic Park is open now through the beginning of October, and they're open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 every day. Admission is free, just don't forget to pack your sense of humor.

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