Cadillac Ranch: Texas' weirdest attraction

A monument that symbolizes the dreams and hopes of the American people

Jul 13, 2022 - 12:42
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Cadillac Ranch: Texas' weirdest attraction

An aristocracy of roadside attractions has been raised over the years: glorified in photo essays, calendars, blogs, and social media fiefdoms; spotlighted in video and film; instantly recognizable as icons. These Great Monuments, we are told, represent America's hopes and dreams, art and commerce, materialism and spiritualism, folly and fame.

"Cadillac Ranch" is a public art installation in Texas and possibly one of the strangest art attractions in the country. Texas is a state with a lot to see and do, but seeing a half-buried Cadillac on the side of the highway is not what most people would normally think about.

The brightly colored "Cadillac installation" was created in 1974 and was originally located in a wheat field. It wasn't until 1997 that it was moved to a cow pasture along Highway 40 near Amarillo. Although the idea of the sculpture remains the same, this work of art is constantly changing with the help of visitors. When they were first "buried", they were mostly intact. Over the years tourists have taken so many parts from the car as souvenirs that only the frames remained of the "Cadillac".

Leaving a personal mark on these "beauties" in the form of graffiti is particularly attractive. A nearby gift shop sells spray cans if you forgot to bring your own. Usually, the pattern on the car lasts for 24 hours, after which new tourists come to create their "art". "Cadillac Ranch" is a very frequent location for filming movies and music videos.

It is known above all for the fact that it is the only such installation in the world. Another unique feature of the "Cadillacs" is that they are tilted at the same angle as the pyramids of Giza. If you are interested in the history of America's iconic "Cadillacs" or are interested in original art, this is the place for you. The advantage of this museum is that it is open 24 hours a day, and the entrance is free.

Post by: Rinna James