Don't let 'em take me to the Cadillac Ranch.
-- Bruce Springsteen
Just west of Amarillo, Texas, is a strange vision: a line of ten ancient Cadillacs (models from 1949 to 1963) planted nose-first in a field.
Known as "Cadillac Ranch," this public art installation was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, who were part of an art group known as Ant Farm. You can read more about them and their work (including Cadillac Ranch) by clicking here.
Though located on private land, the installation is accessible on foot from a frontage road off I-40 through an unpretentious, unlocked gate.
From the very early days of the installation, spray-painting the cars with graffiti became a popular practice, and now practically everyone joins in . . .
As a result, the cars are colorfully decorated . . .
with sentiments that change from minute to minute, ranging from standard "we were here" markings . . .
to seasonal greetings . . .
to more enigmatic musings . . .
The other result, however, is that the field is littered with spray-paint cans and colored lids scattered like confetti:
And, of course, everyone wants to have their picture taken with the cars . . .
If you'd like to see these images (and more) in a larger format, you can go to my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, by clicking here.