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It’s easy to get to Amarillo TX traveling on Route 66 from Oklahoma to New Mexico. But you can also drive from Denver CO straight on the South. Yuri and I crossed this way last December 2017 by our Airstream. It was cold on the New Year’s Eve with 6 F.
Why is Amarillo a must to see by the street art and Bruce Springsteen lovers?
In 1974 Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michelsdal, a group of artist by the Ant Farm movement based in San Francisco, produced Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. Today is one of the most famous street sculpture in the USA. The art installation is created by ten different models of the Cadillac car. They were scrapped and planted in the ground upside down surrounded by a desertic land. So, the impact is very strong.
Cadillac Ranch is an interactive artwork. In the beginning, the visitors could destroy the cars and bring some parts with them like a memory. Then, it was legal repainting the Cadillac by aerosol. This is the reason why Cadillac Ranch is so popular today.
In 1981 the song Cadillac Ranch written by Bruce Springsteen was released in The River album. It was a hit.
Listen to Cadillac Ranch written by Bruce Springsteen on Spotify.
The lyric takes us back to reflect on life, on its inevitable flow and the certainty of death. Great song Boss!!! Feel free to listen to the loud music of legendary song in a moment of insanity. When you are in Cadillac Ranch repainting the Cadillac cars. Hard to resist! Yuri and I jumped into it, especially Yuri (I was frozen having lost the gift of speech and sensibility in the hands).
No Fashion Places of America was repainted on an old Cadillac in big type.
We fixed in our mind the stop in Amarillo. We are only at the beginning of discovering art public places on the road in the USA. Another fantastic artistic stop is Prada Marfa TX. Also the colored totem by Rondinone in the Nevada desert. I’ll write
Last but not least. If you are in Amarillo TX don’t miss to have dinner at the Big Texan Steak Ranch
The place is ranch style and is famous for the quality of the meat, the number one in Texas also because they make a very hard competition. If you eat a 72oz Steak by yourself and in a limited time, you get free the dinner. Also, you enter in the restaurant’s Guinness with a special celebration. Then, you end up in the hospital for other reasons, but we are in America the place where everything is possible.
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