Blaise Tobia • Cadillac Ranch Sequences 1974
On our way to San Diego to begin graduate studies at UCSD we were invited by Stanley Marsh 3 to visit his ranch
near Amarillo Texas. Marsh had amassed a large collection of contemporary art (including many John Chamberlain
scuptures) and had recetly commissioned Robert Smithson's earthwork "Amarillo Ramp." It turned out to be Smithson's
last project; he died in an airplane accident while surveying for the Ramp, and it was finished by his widow - artist
Nancy Holt. At the end of our visit, Marsh had us view the most recent work on his ranch - the just-completed
"Cadillac Ranch" - produced by the Ant Farm collective during a residency. Highly visible (located just off I 40)
"Cadillac Ranch" became a sensation with the art and roadside attraction publics.
Because it had been completed so recently, "Cadillac Ranch" was in pristine condition when I was fortunate enough
to have the opportunity to photograph it. I did two series of still images that were imagined as frames from two
kinetic pieces - a "zoom" into and a "pan" across - the work.