A bright orange Ford pickup sits wrapped around a tree. The truck dips in the center from the force of impact, its headlights shoved around either side of its arboreal lover. Surprise though! The tree embraced by 1978 chrome isn’t the one that did the damage. Automotive artists Gary and Alice Corns sat the crumpled Ford against the tree in their wrecking yard as a visual joke, and visitors to Colorado Auto and Parts enjoyed it so much it’s become a permanent installation. “We moved it once and people asked us where it was, so we had to put it back,” said company president Alice. It’s just one of the quirky presentations you’ll find in in the parts yard’s 38-acre recycling facility.
Alice Corns’s parents started the auto-recycling business in 1959. Now she runs it with her husband and sons, Eric and Adam. “Back then it was called a wrecking