Today I’m featuring a cool photo from the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas taken by Mary Chong from the Calculated Traveller Magazine.
Mary is an award-winning travel writer and professional graphic designer based in Ontario, Canada.
She is also an active member of The Society of American Travel Writers, and The International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association where she is Regional Membership Coordinator for Canada.
Photo Story: Cadillac Ranch Installation
When I decided to visit Amarillo in Texas the number one thing on my list of things to check out (and photograph) was the famous Cadillac Ranch.
A Stonehenge made of Cadillacs, without a mystery or Alien arrival story behind their formation.
Cadillac Ranch is an iconic art installation created in the early 1970’s by a group of hippie artists called the Ant Farm, funded by eccentric millionaire Stanley Marsh 3, and transplanted to this location in the late 1990’s.
A tourist trap? Yes. But a perfect Instagrammable moment and a definite affordable (FREE) must-do for oh – about 15 minutes of your time.
Was I disappointed? Um. Perhaps a little bit. Quite honestly, I expected a lot more than 10 Cadillacs, a lot more polish, and well… a lot more flash.
Driving along I-40 about 5 minutes west of town, if you aren’t looking out for the “ranch”, you might drive right by it.
There is no giant billboard, sign or arrow flashing “I’m right here” and the cars are set so far off in the distance from the road that you can barely see them from the highway if you aren’t looking for them.
You can smell the “Eau de Chemical” as you walk along the dirt field towards the cars, stepping over the many spray paint caps embedded into the ground by the sneakers that walked this path before you, the caps like patio stones leading the way.
Like soldiers, the half-buried nose-down cars stand permanently at attention in the private cow pasture waiting for their orders to attack and trust me to attack they will! Hold your breath and watch out because the wind does shoot the mist of the spray paint back at you as you push that button.
With spray can in hand – we start to create our masterpiece. How long will our tag last? With the sheer number of “artists” pulling up to park at the side of the highway, it could be covered over in minutes, it could be hours, or it could be months.
It doesn’t matter, we’ve made our mark on the Cadillac Ranch, and it’s made its mark on our bucket list!
The Cadilla Ranch is a public art installation, created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm.
It is located on the south side of Interstate 40, just 10 miles southwest of Amarillo, Texas between the suburban towns of Soncy and Bushland.
The installation consist of 10 cars buried in a single file, aligned with an east to west orientation.
Cadillacs, all cars are Cadillac models, from a 1948 to a 1963 (some say 1964) model.
There is a well-known song that mentions the Cadillac Ranch. It is a track in the 1980 album, “The River”.
The track uses the Cadillac Ranch as a metaphor for death, as the song itself deals with the inevitability of death.
The Cadillacs, once glamorous symbols of wealth and luxury are now just car bodies stuck in the ground, rusting away, glory gone.
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