Off of Route 66 near Amarillo Tejas a few yards from the highway...
is a cow pasture with a row of planted Cadillacs from 1949-1963.
Stanly Marsh and the San Francisco based Ant Farm Art Collective first planted the Cadillacs in 1977 representing the "Golden Age". The ten graffiti-covered cars are half-buried, nose-down, facing west "at the same angle as the Cheops' pyramids."
Visitors are encouraged to make their mark on the cars making this an ever changing artwork.
The cars are covered with ever mutating layers of spray paint graffiti as visitors of all ages visitors add their mark. Mother Earth adds some wind, sun, and rain to create unique landscapes of textures on each car.
At first I was a bit put off at the cast off paint cans that litter the walk through the pasture. After listening to the work , drinking in the layers of color shape and texture, I too was taken with the spell of being a part of the art.
Each of us yearns to make some kind of mark while walking the Red Road of life so that we don't feel we are invisible or have walked in vain. So I added my mark just as my walk in life, over those that came before, and destined to be marked over by those who come after.
Some how just knowing we have added our marks as part of the experience is satisfying.
Paz y Amor