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|
●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|
|yellow-and-purple patterned house 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|
|side view of Floating Mesa Big Art installation in Amarillo, Texas|
|Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas|
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