The Cadillac Ranch
By Renee Cettie
10 Sep 2008
"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.