Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

by Jay Traugott
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It may be junk to some, but it's also considered art.
Whether you consider it an example of automotive art, or see it as nothing but a pile of painted junk, in Amarillo, Texas, the largest city in the Texas Panhandle, lays the Cadillac Ranch. It is here where 10 old Cadillacs are half-buried, nose-first in the ground. They’re painted in a wild display of colors, and commonly feature graffiti. So why does something like this exist? To commemorate the American automobile? For the evolution of Cadillac over the years? Or simply for art’s sake?
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
It’s really a combination of all three. And now the public landmark is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but sadly without its financial patron, Stanley Marsh 3, who passed away earlier this month. He once said "Art is a legalized form of insanity, and I do it very well." Fortunately, the Cadillac Ranch will continue to be maintained.

Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary



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by Jay Traugott
Cadillac Ranch Celebrates its 40th Anniversary