Hubble's Rubble - Howard, Kansas
The welded metal sculptures of Hubble's Rubble (AKA Hubble Rubble People) fill an empty lot along Kansas Highway 99 in Howard, Kansas. The sculptures were created by Jerry Hubbell, a realtor and rancher. Jerry has had no formal are training, but took welding lessons when he began farming in 1980, in order to learn how to mend implements for his farm.
I first learned about Hubble Rubble on Episode 301 of Public Television's Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations.
My first visit to Hubble Rubble was in 2006. When I returned in 2009, I found no new work, but many of the folk art pieces had been freshened up. I have since learned that Jerry has worn a defibrillator since 2001 and is no longer permitted use a welder. During our last visit in October of 2020, most of the works had been freshened and some appeared to be new.
Before you leave town, you may wish to grab a bite to eat at Toot's Drive-in, one block north of Hubble Rubble on K-99, or Poplar Pizza, a few blocks west..
Kansas Grassroots, Outsider & Folk Art
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