The way to love someone
is to lightly run your finger over that person's soul
until you find a crack,
and then gently pour your love into that crack.
~Keith Miller

Thursday, June 30, 2016

my pictures taken at Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in AmarilloTexas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip LordHudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.[1]~Wikipedia

Chip Lord and Doug Michels were architects; Marquez was an art student at Tulane University in New OrleansLouisiana. According to Chip Lord, “Ant Farm was founded as an alternative architectural practice, kind of an experiment in an attempt to subvert normal corporate ways of doing architecture.”[2]
According to Marquez, “Chip and I were living in the mountains north of San Francisco, and there was a book meant for kids left in a bar near where we lived. It was called ‘The Look of Cars,’[3]and there was something on the rise and fall of the tail fin. I didn’t have a lot to do, so I just sorta drew it up. I’ve always loved the Cadillacs.”[2]
The group claims to have been given a list of eccentric millionaires in 1972 in San Francisco, identifying Stanley Marsh 3 of Amarillo amongst those who might be able to fund one of their projects and submitted it to him. Marsh's response began "It's going to take me awhile to get used to the idea of the Cadillac Ranch. I'll answer you by April Fool's Day. It's such an irrelevant and silly proposition that I want to give it all my time and attention so I can make a casual judgement of it. ~Wikipedia

Osprey flying over - super cool 


GretchenJoanna said...

Well, that is an amazing place! I had never heard of it. It sure would be fun to go with someone -- in my circles, the someone would be of the male sex -- who enjoyed old cars.

DeAnn said...

It was pretty neat. We spent the night in Amarillo with plans to see it ... I'd love to have been out earlier. It was pretty crowded when we were visiting. The wind was whipping through that corn field and streams of spray paint were coloring the air!
The "clean" cars were a mile away at the tourist shop/RV park. I've never been a fan of Cadillacs though I do appreciate vintage cars but I had been wanting to see this and truly enjoyed it. It was so funny to see young men in scout uniforms spray painting essentially graffiti! They were quite tentative with their additions.

Dean said...

Gotta love the V22. Sounds like a Turbo prop & helicopter at the same time! That's cool....

DeAnn said...

Yes! Very distinctive sound. Everything else goes on pause when I hear one. For some reason I thought they weren't flying them any longer ... .