Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Art on the Road - The Cadillac Ranch

Me tagging my name :)
I took an awesome family road trip this summer, ( Los Angeles, California to Amarillo, Texas ) stopping along some really fun spots, including driving on stretches of route 66 in Arizona and New Mexico too.  I posted photos along the way on should check them photos. 

Does this look familiar?  Well if you have seen Cars the Disney movie or been to Disney's California Adventure (New Cars Land - "Cadillac Range") you've seen the mountains that look like tailfins of Cadillacs, well this is where the Disney Imagineers got their inspiration from.   

Thank goodness my husband likes to do a lot of research before we take vacations....because this is one  spot I really would not have wanted to miss.  It was inspirational . As an artist, I really appreciated the crazy over the top idea of buried Cadillacs, I especially love the fact that this is now a public art installation.  This colorful sculpture installation is on an open field (property owned by Stanley Marsh 3) off the 1-40 Hwy (hard to really make out from afar , so it's a must you get out and walk up to see these up close). Visitors are encouraged to stop by bring their own spray paint cans and spray paint their own designs.  My kids had a blast too unleashing their inner artists....tagging on these Cadillacs .   If you are ever near Amarillo , Texas,  I would say it's worth your time to stop by and unleash your inner artist too.

Cadillac Ranch photo by : Erica Islas
walking up to the can smell the spray paint
Family Photo

Believe it or not, this avant-garde installation was originally done in 1974 by a group of architects a collective group called Ant Farm.  Since then , this sculpture has been repainted various colors for movies or special events and of course daily changes with visitors who come to do their own masterpieces.  Whether you are a car aficionado,  an artist, a Disney fanatic or simply love road trips , It is a fun little stop along historic route 66 with a great photo Op.

BE Inspired !


  1. This is on our bucket list of crazy places to visit! Love the photos.

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  2. Oh boy, would my kiddos LOVE that! I must remember this just in case our path takes us that way!

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