Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wrong Turn


It's hard to believe that 30 years after a North Texas rancher decided to stick 10 Cadillacs nose down in one of his fields people from all over the world would still be coming to see them. While we were there we saw at least 15 vehicles of 2 - 4 people walk through the freshly planted fields to see the Caddys. I have to admit though that I found this "art" to be quite interesting. One thing that did disturb me was the lack of courtesy I saw on two points. One was that one of the traditions of visiting the site is to apply your own graffiti to the cars. That didn't bother me but I did see what looked like a hundred empty spray paint cans littering the field near the site even though the property owner provides a dumpster at the entrance gate for this purpose. Also, one person there on this semi-muddy day was kicking the top of one of the Caddys and scraping his shoe across it to remove the mud! Oh well, on the good side most of the visitors are well behaved!

4 comments:

Cindi said...

Interesting image! I have heard about this art installation but never seen it. You have a very colorful subject with a great sky, but I would like to see you fill the frame more with it --- you could crop in from the bottom as there is a lot of plain sand there, and in from the sides too. Did you take any close-ups of the graffiti? Or of one of the artists leaving his message?

Larry J. Patrick said...

Only in Texas can half buried cars be art that lots of people stop and admire. I must admit, I did not stop at this one on my way to Santa Fe.

I wished there was a little more contrast within the image. I think the use of a polarizing filter would have done it for you.

Nice job.

Here's Looking at You! Photography said...

One of these days I'm going to see that! Do you have any shots down the row showing more than one? I can remember seeing a photo of this when there was no grafitti.

Barry Armer said...

Cool shot Larry!

I like the contrast of bright colors on the car with the surrounding natural colors!

Well done!
Barry