- Arts and Design
Roadside Oddities: Car Art
Carhenge is composed of a wide variety of car manufacturers and models, even including a jeep pickup. Three states south, another group of half-buried cars pays homage to only one brand: the Cadillac Ranch. The ranch is composed of 10 old Cadillacs, none newer than 1963, with their noses buried in west Texas soil. The line of tail fins is located along Interstate 40 near Amarillo, TX, meaning it gets a lot more drive-by traffic than Carhenge. Also unlike Carhenge, spray-painting graffiti on the Cadillac Ranch cars is allowed, and even encouraged.
A truck stop in Oklahoma has taken the vertical-car themes of Cadillac and Bug Ranches to new heights, standing an entire 18-wheeler on its nose, trailer and all. This big rig serves as a 50-foot-tall sign for Wilkin's Oklahoma Truck Supply, along Interstate 35 south of Tonkawa, OK. The truck's upright trailer is painted to read "Got Problems?" and "We Fix Trucks". Of course, if your problem involves your truck looking anything like the one pictured, the odds of anyone fixing it are slim.
Finally, perhaps the most creative (or at least most challenging to construct) piece of car art is the car kabob at the Cermak Plaza shopping center in Berwyn, Illinois, just outside Chicago. Officially titled "Spindle", it consists of 8 cars skewered by a 40-foot-tall spike. Spindle is probably most famous for its non-speaking role in the movie "Wayne's World". It is not the only piece of car art at Cermak plaza: You can also check out "Pinto Pelt", which is the "skin" of a Ford Pinto stretched out and pinned to the wall; and "The Helicopter", which is made from old farm machinery.
Know of any other great car art in your neck of the woods? Let me know.