October 20, 2011

10/16/11 - Cadillac Ranch

Just west of Amarillo on I-40 is Cadillac Ranch, an example of American kitsch:   10 Cadillacs buried nose-first into the ground and covered with graffiti.

An Amarillo billionaire wanted a piece of public art that would confuse the locals.  He found some hippie artists from San Francisco, and they built a tribute to the evolution of the Cadillac tail fin.  The cars were stuck up in the air in the ­­dirt.  Over time, pieces were swiped and people started spray painting stuff all over them.  

We parked by the side of the road with the rest of the tourists, and walked into the field.  It was too windy today for anyone to do any painting, but there were empty paint cans all over.
Iconic?  Maybe, maybe not.  Personally I think it’s a crack-up!  The paint is so thick in places on the cars it’s taken on a life of its own. 

Could this happen anywhere besides America? 

Click the link for a few morre pics:   Cadillac Ranch

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