Thursday, January 6, 2011

Roadside Attractions: Art or just junk automobiles?

What’s in the panhandle of Texas? Not much except for farm land, big sky, and… Cadillac’s?! Yes! You read it right! Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation located in a cow pasture along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas. The sculpture consists of ten, half –buried, almost vertical, Cadillac’s ranging from years 1949 to 1963, representing a number of evolutions of the Cadillac automobile line. This fascinating sculpture attracts the attention of many families and people all around.

Visiting this is an incredible site to see. Originally pastels and untouched, the Cadillac’s were a new form of art. Now, these Cadillac’s are modified with the arts of today. With layers and more layers of the colorific spray paints, it is a symbol of today’s chaotic lifestyle.

Artists Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels created this work of art in 1974. They were members of the group Ant Farm, which is/was an “underground architecture” group, according to a friend of the founders.

Cadillac’s have been a major part in society since the early 1900’s and have become more popular over time. In the industry world, the Cadillac laid the foundation for the modern mass production of automobiles by demonstrating interchangeability of its precision parts. In pop culture, the King of Rock, Elvis Presley, even had a collection of these luxury cars. In 1968, Mary Kay Ash, the cosmetics company founder for Mary Kay Inc., purchased her first Pink Cadillac. Cadillac’s eventually made their way in to music when Bruce Springsteen sings Pink Cadillac in 1984.

Cadillac Ranch is definitely a sight to see for the new era that we are in.Today, Cadillac Ranch has been used in the movie Cars and in music videos, such as Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant.

Cadillac Ranch is definitely a fun place to visit for families on the road.


What’s in the panhandle of Texas? Not much except for farm land, big sky, and… Cadillac’s?! Yes! You read it right! Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation located in a cow pasture along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas. The sculpture consists of ten, half –buried, almost vertical, Cadillac’s ranging from years 1949 to 1963, representing a number of evolutions of the Cadillac automobile line. This fascinating sculpture attracts the attention of many families and people all around.

Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels created this work of art in 1974. Originally pastels and untouched, the Cadillac’s were a new form of art. Now, these Cadillac’s are modified with the arts of today. With layers and more layers of the colorific spray paints, it is a symbol of today’s chaotic lifestyle.

Cadillac Ranch is definitely a fun place to visit for families on the road.



What’s in the panhandle of Texas? Not much except farm land, big sky, and… Cadillac’s?! Yes! Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation located along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas. The sculpture consists of ten, half –buried Cadillac’s, representing a number of evolutions of the Cadillac automobile line. This sculpture attracts attention of many individuals all around.



Check out this cool piece of art! Cadillac Ranch: located along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas.

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