This week, I watched the Swedish film We Are The Best! and I remembered one of my favorite films from when I was a kid, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. The film is full of awesome teenage punk fashion straight out of the 1980s. I had to post more pictures.
This weekend I visited the Route 66 exhibition at The Autry in Los Angeles. It was a fun exhibition full of maps, ephemera, road signs, and tchotchkes celebrating the history of Route 66 and highway travel in America.
Cadillac Ranch is located along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. Drivers on the highway can catch a glimpse of it as they whiz by. Those who are more interested and want to take a look can exit the highway and drive onto a local road, pull off and park. The installation was built in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michels, members of the San Francisco art collective Ant Farm. The installation is comprised of a row of Cadillacs, representing the evolution of the Cadillac over time. They tilt diagonally, their noses buried into a field of dry cracked mud. The angle of the cars corresponds to the angle of the great pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Today, Cadillac Ranch exists 2 miles to the West of it’s original location, and the cars are covered in a thick layer of spray paint. The cow field is littered with spray paint cans and their colorful caps. Periodically the cars are repainted to mark special events or to provide a blank canvas for the graffiti.