One of my favorite places of all time is the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo, Texas. In fact, I may have even mentioned it in this column before. I love that place because it is about as bizarre as I have seen. I mean, who thinks of putting multiple used cadillacs upside down in the middle of an empty field? Most people would say it is a useless, crazy, silly idea.
But look how many people travel to Amarillo to look at it. Crazy, huh?
I respect the man who designed that crazy bit of “art” or whatever you’d like to call it. It’s something that makes Amarillo unique and that is just one of the many stunts Stanley Marsh III pulled while he was alive in the Amarillo area.
In many ways I see Star Square being our Cadillac Ranch. I’ve heard a lot of people say it is silly and useless but I disagree. The overall vision of Star Square is to get people off of the highway and into our downtown threshold. Painting a star in the middle of an intersection is bizarre and crazy and yes, something that makes our town a little more unique.
While this is not a Chamber project, the Chamber has monetarily supported it as an effort to enhance our downtown area. Pam Johnston has dreamed this up and she has done an excellent job of executing the grand plan so far. I look forward to seeing what goodness this brings to our downtown area. Maybe if we build it…they will come.