Day 70 of our Journey
This is a road trip that celebrates the long and storied car culture of America, so it took us about 30 seconds to decide to take a side trip from Rapid City out to Alliance, Nebraska to check out Carhenge.
In person, Carhenge is less of a gimmick and more of a legitimately interesting art installation. Started on a lark as an ode to Stonehenge but constructed in junk cars instead of stone slabs, the place has expanded over the years and now includes a number of other clever projects.
There’s The Ford Seasons, a series of old Fords planted grill first in the ground and painted four different pastel colors. Then there’s the Covered Wagon, an old station wagon with a covered wagon frame welded to the roof and a horse hitch out the front with old engines (the horsepower) laid on the ground where the four horses would have been.
One of the other visitors to the site was a woman who said she’s been taking pictures at Carhenge for 20 years. She was there to take “inventory” since, she whispered, someone stole one of the cars a few weeks earlier.
Before she headed off to complete her work, she pointed out two features in the main Carhenge structure. 1. If you look at the front end of a Caddy positioned horizontally off the ground (and dredge up enough imagination) you can see a dragon’s head. 2. There’s a horizontal Plymouth that brings to mind a shark if you look at it from underneath just right.
As you leave Carhenge, turn right out of the parking lot and travel down the road a mile or so and you’ll see another, less visited, art installation. Called Rest Area, the site is a huge pile of straw bales with a toilet on top. Everyone’s an artist, right?
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