Kentucky Tourism

Kolb, Richard — Yardbirds

Louisville, KY


sculptures, recycled materials

Yardbirds began in 1991 when Richard Kolb’s father, who was about to retire from his welded gate and satellite dish business, called him to come see the metal bird he had just created. The two began experimenting and having fun welding scraps together. They found a metal scrap dealer in WV, hauled in several truck loads, and the rest is history.


Richard began painting his birds with automotive paint and in 1996 made two valuable decisions that increased his business. He stopped painting most of the work, and began making cats and dogs, beginning the series, Junkyard Cats and Dogs.


Creating these sculptures, Richard recycles parts, saving rejected metal parts from ending up in a landfill. He is able to fabricate new parts that he needs, find parts that are considered seconds by manufacturers, and use discontinued parts

and factory overruns to create whimsical sculptures for the yard and home.


Richard Kolb’s work can also be found at the Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Artique, Lexington, KY; Contemporary Gallery, Louisville, KY; Wild Bird Center, Louisville, KY; Taste of Kentucky, Louisville, KY; Kentucky State Park gift shops; and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.