Best summer road trip: Art Installations across America.Inspire
Have you planned your summer road trip yet?
That’s exactly what we have been thinking about lately. Last year, it was our road trip to Ohio to visit all of the Jeni’s ice cream shops. It’s worth the read if you haven’t been there or if you haven’t heard of this splendid confection. We’ve honestly have driven across the US a few times so we like to have a theme when we go. So this year we are thinking about trying to visit all the quirky, cool, art installations that have become part of this great landscape just as beloved and treasured as the National Parks and monuments.
Here are a few to consider.
- Salvation Mountain. This totally quirky, one man show, Leonard Knight’s “love is everywhere” themed display is about 1.5 hours outside of Palm Springs California. For as many times as we have been to Palm Springs, we can’t believe we have missed this.
2. We just learned of the Seven Magic Mountain, by artist Ugo Rondinone. This art installation is located in the desert just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
3. Watts Tower by Simon Rodin located in downtown L.A.. This was a school field trip when we were younger. It is still so relevant as to the power of art to the hope and joy it brings to society.
4. When we first travelled to our new home from California to New Hampshire, we were lucky enough to go and see this one. Cadillac Ranch was constructed in 1974, by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, it is located in Amarillo, Texas. It’s worth the stop.
5. Ever since we heard of this art installation, we have been dying to go here. Donald Judd’s art begs the question, “is this really art?” We say, “let’s go there.”
6. Patrick Doughtery’s “Catawampus” is a weaving of willow samplings that is a wonder to behold and walk through. It is located at The Arboretum in Los Angeles.
For more outdoor art installations, look up sculpture Parks near you or near wherever your travel may take you.