Friday, August 17, 2018

Sights to See: Big Art Tour, Amarillo, Texas


Big Art Tour  Amarillo has developed a sizable portfolio of large outdoor art, or macro art.  The wide open spaces available here allow for big art and for vast expanses between the artworks.  This is, after all, big sky country even though it isn't Montana.  Expect to do some searching and sleuthing to find these out-of-the way installations.

Ozymandias  Located just off I-27 south.  This installation was crafted by Lightnin’ McDuff in the mid-1990s.  Situated in a private cow pasture protected by barbed wire, these two giant legs pay homage to the namesake Egyptian king.  The work is popular with local teens, who come out here to make out, and with vandals who like to paint socks on the legs (the socks have been sandblasted off many times, only to reappear).

Ozymandias Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas
Ozymandias Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas


Signs Project by the Dynamite Museum  6 mi. from downtown.  Though it appears that the original Signs Project is defunct, a new version exists in Mariposa eco village, a 1-square-mile off-the-grid community with five structures.  One of them--a house painted in yellow-and-purple patterns and featuring an outline of Texas in cinder blocks in its front yard--is available for Air B&B stays.  And it is in this community that local artist Jon Revett resides in his rammed-earth house.

Signs Project by the Dynamite Museum Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas
Signs Project by the Dynamite Museum Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas


yellow-and-purple patterned house at Mariposa eco village in Amarillo, Texas
yellow-and-purple patterned house at Mariposa eco village in Amarillo, Texas


Big Art installation at Mariposa eco village in Amarillo, Texas
Big Art installation at Mariposa eco village in Amarillo, Texas


Floating Mesa  Located a short drive NW of town, just E of the junction of State Hwy. 1061 & State Hwy. 2381.  The highway leading to this 1981 installation by Stanley Marsh 3 continues on to Colorado and was the original trail used by cowboys herding their cattle there.  An illusion that the top portion of the mesa is floating occurs when the sun reflects just so, which happens whenever the sky is clear--with no overcast and with just the right amount of white.  Then, the line of white plywood that was inserted appears to blend in with the sky behind the mesa, and the mesa appears to be floating.

Floating Mesa Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas
Floating Mesa Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas


side view of Floating Mesa Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas
side view of Floating Mesa Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas


Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas




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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Great Sleeps: Villa La Estancia, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico


Villa La Estancia  Paseo Cocoteros No. 700 Sur, Flamingos, +52 (322) 226 9700.  135 2- and 3-bedroom units.  Infinity pool; 3 hot tubs; full-service spa; fitness center; 1 tennis court.  Underground parking.  This expansive resort sells condos and then rents them out for owners for short-term stays.  Guests get the services and amenities of a 5-star resort combined with a spacious and luxurious unit.  Units have 10-foot-high ceilings with fans as well as air conditioning.  A private balcony provides expansive views of beautiful Banderas Bay/Bahia de Banderas and the sandy beach, where you’ll want to spend plenty of time and perhaps try paragliding or horseback riding.

view from balcony at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
view from balcony at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico








Units are equipped with a full kitchen and laundry closet, and there is an on-site supermarket.  Bathrooms feature a deep jetted tub, double sinks, and plenty of marble and granite.

bedroom at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
bedroom at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico


I especially enjoyed having lunch in the pool-side cafe--an icy cold margarita and guacamole, but of course.  A swim-up pool bar is also an option.

margarita and guacamole at pool cafe Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
margarita and guacamole at pool cafe Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico


Dinner in upscale La Casona is divine.  It offers a familiar American menu  and is where an expansive buffet and menu breakfast is served each morning.  An all-inclusive package is available that includes upgrades, cocktails, spa services, upscale meals, and a round of golf at one of the nearby courses.

house salad at La Casona at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
house salad at La Casona at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico


selections from breakfast buffet at La Casona at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
selections from breakfast buffet at La Casona at Villa La Estancia in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico



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