Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Lost Highway in the Garden of Cars

I wasn't going to blog today.  But then Marianne, whose office is downstairs, emailed me a link to an article about the Lost Highway in Tom Merkel's Car Garden.  (Yes! Rather than yell up the stairs we communicate via a vast network of interlinked computers.  I am so science fictional.)  And I had to share it with you.

The Lost Highway is a four-lane mile-long string of cars caught in a timeless and eternal traffic jam.  It’s only part of the Car Garden, a sprawling collection of automotive vignettes and arrangements of motor vehicles somewhere in southern California.  Exactly where is a closely-guarded secret because the artist doesn’t want the likes of you and me clomping around on his work-in-progress.

This is, everybody who's seen it agrees, as serious a work of landscape art as Spiral Jetty or Opus 40.  But it's on a scale that makes the Cadillac Ranch or Carhenge look punk.  

The simple and clear summation can be found at Tom Vanderbilt’s blog. 

A far more detailed account can be found at Car and Driver.



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