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An overview of the participative artwork known as “Carhenge” and/or “Cadillac Ranch”. Consisting of ten Cadillacs (1949 – 1963) half-buried nose first in a line parallel to old Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle, this unique sight has been a roadside draw since 1974. At highway speeds the attraction is a one-note symphony of West Texas quirkiness. Upon closer inspection the scene resolves into a riotous panoply of spray-painted grafitti bearing the names, greetings, artwork, and cryptic messages of previous passersby, who cumulatively have created a beautiful, primary-colored homage to the American psyche.

This is a tripod-mounted, 3-shot HDR from a Pentax K20D.

Tags

folk art, route 66, cadillac ranch, rt 66, bluemesaphotography, carhenge, i 40, mitch tillison, car, cadillac, travel, sculpture, grafitti, transport, tourism, amarillo, roadside, texas, interstate, southwest, panhandle, oddity

Comments

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    LOL!! Car Henge!!! What a classic TBH!!!! Thank you so much for posting this!! You have made my day!!! Oh, and wonderful photography too, of course!! :))) Getting ready for warm weather there yet?

  • Hi, Vicki. Thanks so much for your comments here, and on other photos. Yes, we are finally getting some warm weather amidst the occasional late season snow blast. More important to me is that the back roads have begun to dry out and it is again possible to venture off beaten paths. The game’s afoot!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    Look at all of the cans of paint!!!!!! OMG!! What year was this taken? I heard they’ve since painted them all a solid color!! ;-))

  • Hi, Stephanie. A volunteer group periodically strips off all the spray paint and applies a base coat, usually yellow, I’ve heard. Otherwise, I suppose the cars would eventually lose their shape and become just big blobs. On this occasion the accumulation of paint was probably an eighth of an inch thick, or more.

    There are lots more empty cans piled inside the cars!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Jaime Martorano
    Jaime Martoranoover 4 years ago

    Perfect time of day for this shot. Well done.

  • Susan A Wilson
    Susan A Wilsonover 4 years ago

    This image has been featured in the Images for Film group – 29th March 2010 :)

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 4 years ago

    oh yes I remember that! I live in Quebec province but few years ago I was a truck driver Canada/USA… yes yes, 53 feet long! lol. I saw many times that place… and I also remember those discusting and stinking slautherhouse… so happy to be vegetarian! lol
    great shot for sure!

  • Rhonda  Thomassen
    Rhonda Thomassenover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in the Transport group!

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 4 years ago

    “Homage to the American psyche” – so what are all the discarded spray-paint cans a homage too? Hmmm…
    Great capture though, in all its riotous detail! :) Congrats on your feature!

  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicabout 4 years ago

  • nessbloo
    nessblooabout 2 years ago

    these cadillacsa grow naturally in texas….. o.o)) fun shot. classic.

  • Chet  King
    Chet King11 months ago

    On two road trips I’ve passed this going east and west from Calif and have never stopped. Shame on me.

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