Friday, June 26, 2009

Cadillac Ranch

One of the weirdest, must-see attractions in Amarillo is the Cadillac Ranch.

The Cadillac Ranch was built in 1974 by Stanley Marsh, a man three fries short of a happy meal a helium billionaire. Marsh and The Ant Farm, a San Francisco art collective, assembled used Cadillacs representing the "Golden Age" of American automobiles (1949-1963). The ten grafitti-covered cars are half-buried, nose-down, facing west.
We have been to the Cadillac Ranch several times; however, we have never spray painted the cars. Many tourists spray paint the cars...in fact, Stanley Marsh encourages it. I bought three cans of spray paint for me and the boys and we got down to business. It is actually a lot of fun (that doesn't make me a delinquent, right?). The boys decided to "tag" the cars with their name and "Fargo, ND".
Here are a few pictures from the adventure. The first is a shot from the road of all 10 cars. The next is a cool shot looking down the row of cars. The last 3 are of the boys painting the cars...and yes that is Braxton on top of the car, trying to find a place where no one had painted (no such luck!)



1 comment:

countryfog said...

I had seen some pics of this place, but never in this detail. Course, thanks to spray paint, the details are always changing . . . lol. This is "participatory art" . . . or maybe it just satisfies the primal urge to paint and leave something that says "I was here". Too bad the cavemen didn't have spray paint.
- Dad