Friday, May 5, 2017

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo TX

We had a stopover in Amarillo, TX and our RV park was 5 minutes from Cadillac Ranch. 

Lest you not know of Cadillac Ranch, it's Another Roadside Attraction to see when you're traveling. From Wikipedia
Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in AmarilloTexas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip LordHudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

It has become very colorful over the years, and the ground around it is littered with used and half-used spraypaint cans, so one can leave their mark if they like. 

Up close the texture of the thousands of layers of spraypaint is fascinating to see. 

These are the tires, so covered in spraypaint they've become another thing altogether. 

What used to be the axle. 

Another tire. 

Layers of spraypaint turned into stalagtites. Stalagmites? The ones that drip down. 

It's difficult to tell anymore if the car is still underneath or if it is just layers of spraypaint holding together the shapes of cars. 

Either way, it's delightfully colorful and fascinating. 

And makes for some great photos, especially against the sky we were treated to this day. 

K was shy to spraypaint at first, but he really got into it once he started and made his mark on several of the cars. 

The row of colorful art cars. 

Mi familia. 

This sky! This art installation in a cornfield!

And of course, the obligatory gift shop down the way, which we did not visit. 

Another view of the cars against the most amazing sky. 

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