In 1974, a long row of Cadillac cars half-buried in the ground appeared near Amarillo, Texas. This piece of installation art would later become known as the Cadillac Ranch.
Art patron, Stanley Marsh had Ant Farm artists Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels create this artistic oddity. They used Cadillacs from 1948 to 1963 to show the evolution and eventual disappearance of Cadillac’s iconic tailfin. They also placed the cars in the ground at an angle that corresponds to the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Last month, Cadillac Ranch founder, Marsh, passed away just shy of the installation’s 40th anniversary. He was well-known in the Texas panhandle as being somewhat eccentric and as a beloved patron of somewhat odd art projects, such as the Cadillac Ranch. He once said, “Art is a legalized form of insanity, and I do it very well.”
If you happen to find yourself driving along Route 66 in Amarillo, be sure to check out the Cadillac Ranch. And, don’t forget to bring along a can of spray paint since guests are encouraged to add graffiti to the Cadillac cars.
Have you ever visited the Cadillac Ranch?