Photo Essay

The Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch #2

"It's a monument to the American dream on highway 66, pointed west." Stanley Marsh 3

This description was given by the man who commission the planting of the 10 Cadillacs in a field 8 miles west of Amarillo, Texas.  In 1974, an artist collective from San Francisco known as the Ant Farm decided that a tribute to "America's best automobile" needed to be built. Stanley Marsh 3, a local eccentric helium tycoon, provided the land and funded the project.  The cars are placed in chronological order starting with a 1949 Club Coupe and ending with a 1963 Sedan DeVille. The "decorating" of the cars by visitors was part of the original intent of the monument. Although the cars seen as a whole from the highway are indeed fascinating, I was particularly interested in the intriguing way the paint and elements have interacted over the years.  Everyday a constant stream of spray paint poets leave their sentiments on this unique monument to the American dream.

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  • Michael Goermann

    Michael Goermann gave props (28 Sep 2008):

    Very well done!

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (22 Dec 2009):

    What a great homage to abstract! "Yeah!" R

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