Monday, May 25, 2015

The Texas Panhandle, Part 10: Cadillac Ranch

Cadillac Ranch is a conceptual art installation of ten ancient Cadillac automobiles (model years ranging from 1949 to 1963) planted nose-first in a field just west of the Amarillo city limit.  It was created in 1974.  If you'd like to learn more about Cadillac Ranch, you can read an earlier blog post about it by clicking here.


On this trip to the Panhandle, I also discovered Cadillac Ranch's antipode:  the VW Slug Bug Ranch near Conway, TX, about 20 miles east of Amarillo:  five VW bugs (not ten Cadillacs), planted side by side (rather than nose to tail).


I have visited Cadillac Ranch many times over the past three years; in all my visits, however, I had only made brief stops in the middle of the day while on my way to or from Oklahoma . . . until this trip, when I was able to visit the site twice at sunset.

On both evenings people with cans of spray paint were tagging the cars with graffiti, as has become the tradition.  Others were taking pictures of friends, family, themselves, or the cars:

Eventually, people drifted back to their (own driveable) cars, leaving the place relatively empty:

and, on one evening, a solitary figure contemplating the eternal beauty of nature:

If you would like to see these images in a larger format, visit my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, by clicking here.

Thanks for coming along on this trip!  Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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