Cadilac Ranch (CO Part 1)

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

We are officially on the road again with an agenda to travel to Colorado.  The kids are off for Spring Break, Kerby the doodle is with his crew, and there is a handsome man driving the mini van.  We are all excited for the next 650 miles.  Where will we go?  What will we see? What will go wrong?  It is all part of the journey of making lifetime memories.

Our first stop on our journey was at the famous roadside art installation called Cadillac Ranch where ten Cadillac’s have sat in an empty Texas field since the 70’s.  Right off of Route 40, just west of Amarillo, you will find the tail fins from the 1949 Club Sedan to the 1963 Sedan de Ville held high in the air for all of Texas to see.  This iconic roadside attraction draws in huge crowds year round from people all over the world who make it a point to stop at this wild panhandle installation.

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As soon as the car doors opened, the smell of spray paint hit us all.  You could see a cloud of fumes hovering over the Cadillac’s across the field.

Lights went off in the kid’s eyes when it clicked that they could really spray paint anywhere and everywhere.  They are taught at a young age to not write or draw on things that it is wrong, but here they were able to do anything and it was OK!  They had complete freedom to express themselves and you could tell they felt like little rebels doing it.

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It was interactive for all of three kids and was a great way to have them involved in art.  It showed them that art does not only belong in a museum, but is constantly surrounding us by the architecture of buildings, the way people dress, and mostly nature.

We turned all of the kids into little graffiti artists, so I would say it was a successful day!

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Tips:
  • Bring your own cans of spray paint and buy the gun nozzle (the wind is wild and this helps a ton from getting your hands covered in paint).
  • Wear gloves.
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting some spray paint on.

Other Art Installations in Texas:

  1. Prada Marfa – located outside Marfa, Tx
  2. Castle Hill – Austin, Tx
  3. Texas Rising – Lubbock, Tx
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