I have heard of Cadillac Ranch for years even when living in California. I forgot all about it until one day we passed on by while driving on I-40 west of Amarillo, Texas. We made it a point to return at our earliest opportunity.

 

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - Entrance Gate and Ranch in Background

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – Entrance Gate and Ranch in Background

Located off of the frontage road, you park and walk through this colorful gate to go see the cars.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - A little off of the Street

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – A little off of the Street

It is a little bit of a walk to get there. This was an art project built in 1974. A little known fact is that it was moved in 1997 to its current location due to the city starting to encroach towards it.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - Rear Drivers Side View

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – Rear Drivers Side View

The first word that comes to mind when I got close enough was COLOR.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - Color Close-Up

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – Color Close-Up

It is pretty obvious that this work of art has been taken over by its patrons.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - Front Drivers Side View

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – Front Drivers Side View

This seems to have gone from a statement of cars to an interactive art piece with its patrons.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - Visitors at Work

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – Visitors at Work

Patrons at work here.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - Rear Drivers Side View

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – Rear Drivers Side View

One thing is certain. If you visit in the spring, it will be different by fall. This will never be the same day after day.

 

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch - State of Texas Sign

Amarillo Cadillac Ranch – State of Texas Sign

If you visit, make sure you bring your spray paint and – by all means – keep it on the far side of the sign.

 

 

 

If you love strange places, interactive art, spray paint, and COLOR; then this is your kind of place. Make your mark on the world even if it will only last as long as the next person to make there mark.

For more info about the history of this work of art check out the following websites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/tx-cadillacranch.html

 

 

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

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