Thailand is full of distractions. So many distractions. We were driving along Highway 1 towards Mae Sai, and couldn’t help but notice a field full of large robots, ants, and eagles, all made from scrap metal. Being the curious (and easily distracted) people that we are, we hopped off the bike and entered Benja Choke Ricemill Ltd., a scrapyard. It was reminiscent of ‘Carlucci Land‘, an interesting sculpture area about 5 minutes from our house when we lived in Wellington.
At the Ricemill, a man with one good eye told us to look around, and then he went back to crushing metal in a big noisy machine. Several smiling women picked and sorted through bottles and other recycling, and it was all arranged meticulously by type. A junkyard is not exactly going to feature in any landscaping magazines, but this one was was certainly very well organised.
Because everybody was working, we didn’t learn who made the robot sculptures, or why. But there they sat, with their cog-faces and oversized cannons.