Cadillac Ranch is a staple of Amarillo, Texas. The famous sculpture lines a cow pasture alongside Interstate 40 in the city, and showcases the evolution of one of the most prominent styling features of the 20th century in automobiles: tail-fins.
The sculpture features junked Cadillacs from 1949 up until 1963, half buried with their front ends in the ground. The architects who are responsible for the piece, Chip Lord and Hudson Marquez, say the placement and angle corresponds to the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
After many years (the Cadillac Ranch was completed in 1974) the work of art has received a facelift coordinating with Donate Life Month. Fresh coats of paint were applied to each Cadillac with inspiring words adorning each car. The make over hopes to inspire those who pass by the artwork to give blood, or become an organ donor to support the worthy cause.
If you’re ever in the Amarillo area, it’s worth a quick pitstop to see the old Cadillacs in a timeline of tail-fin eras. As we make our way through the 2010s, we’ll probably never see a design trend quite like the tail-fins of yesteryear, all thanks to Harley Earl’s creative mind. Cadillac Ranch stands as a staple of American design evolution.