During our recent vacation in the USA we picked up some chunks of paint from the Bug Ranch (Conway TX) and the Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, TX) and some wood from John's Modern Cabins (Rolla, MO). But first some Route 66 history for those who might not know the stories. At the Cadillac Ranch, ten Cadillac's were put in the ground in 1974 by a group of artists called the Ant Farm. The ten Cadillac's represent the evolution of the Cadillac from 1949 until 1963. They are half-buried nose-first in the ground at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Among Route 66 travelers, there is a tradition of taking a can of spray paint to the Cadillac & Bug Ranches and spraying paint on the cars. This has been happening for years and years, so that the many colored layers of paint have built up over time. As the cars rust, some of the paint chips fall to the ground, and that’s what we collected. The Bug Ranch (five VW Beetles), a spoof of the more famous Cadillac Ranch, was created by the owner of the Rattlesnake Ranch to attract more customers. However, that wasn’t successful and he left. The ranch and all outbuildings are empty and are subject to vandalism. John's Modern Cabins were built in 1931 but since the death of the owner in 1971, they are empty and due to lack of maintenance some have already collapsed, leaving small pieces of wood, again, on the ground.
At home we immediately started working with a grindstone and sealers and the result is a series of very colorful and beautiful paint chip stones! You can see a lot of colors and the many layers of paint in them. We also made pendants of the wood of John’s Modern Cabins. They are not that fancy but they have another, more nostalgic sense! The pendants are for sale; if you are interested please send me a personal message. Then I can tell you more about the price, how to pay for it and how to get it to you! You too can own a small piece of the history of Route 66, or just a beautiful necklace!
A couple of very lovely ladies wearing
one of my necklaces, I'm very proud! And even men like them......