Along the winding road 114, north of Garnett, stands a cowboy leading his horse silhouetted against the sky.

Daryl Henton began working on the more than 10-feet structures a couple of years ago.

"It started with taking some scrap iron and steel for recycling and they didn't offer to pay me enough," Henton said. "I was talking about wanting to use up the scrap and my wife said quilt it back together and make something new. She's a quilter. So I welded it back together to make something new."

He found a photo taken by Colorado-based photographer Andy Cook, bought an overhead projector from a school surplus auction and projected the image on the floor of his shop.

"I mounted the projector in the rafters of my shop, then I picked up scrap to fit the lines on the edge of the picture to make the silhouette," he said. "I've got a plasma torch, and I make a whole bunch of small signs and artistic things usually. This is the first thing I've made anything near this scale. This is all scrap left over from the smaller stuff.

"It's all primarily 8-inch plate. The tail is drain cleaning cable. Being a plumber, I had old cables lying around. They don't move a lot but they do move some and add to it. The reins are sewer cleaning cables. They weren't quite visible when I used just one, so I doubled them so they are thicker and you can see them better from a distance."

Henton said he finished the 200-pound cowboy a year ago, and placed it on the hillside alone.

"I learned a few things," he said. "The cowboy just has one minor detail. After I saw how that worked out, I decided to put more on the horse. The horse has a lot more little hidden (details) that you don't see from a distance."

Just recently finishing the horse, he said he got several questions on the lone cowboy.

"Someone told me their grandkid was always asking what the cowboy was doing out there," he said. "He told him the cowboy was looking for his dog, which made me think about making a dog. When I put it on Facebook, one guy said, 'I know that cowboy, I proposed to my wife at that location.' She did say yes. I had no idea that took place."

He said the size of the cowboy and horse presented difficulties in the beginning.

"Since it was on the floor, it got heavy enough that flipping it over wasn't easy," he said. "The horse weighs around 760 pounds and it's 12 and 1/2 feet tall. Trying to figure out how to stand it up was a challenge. The cowboy wasn't so bad because he was a lot lighter. The horse is in the 10-foot range from nose to tail. My shop door is 12-feet wide, taking the horse out of that door took some maneuvering."

Henton said he's serious about adding a dog to the scene.

"I'm thinking about putting it on a moveable stand since it's not going to be that big," he said. "From time to time, I can scoot it around so it changes position."

He added people have asked to renew their vows in front of the cowboy and horse.

"I didn't know it would become a thing," he said. "It was just something creative to do."