Mention the name “Stanley Marsh 3” and you’ll likely get a variety of responses.
Many of them — if not most of them — might be negative.
The late millionaire is back in the news. He’s been dead for more than a year but he left behind some works of art that a number of individuals want removed.
Why? The art reminds the alleged victims of Marsh’s misbehavior of the deeds the late “eccentric” committed.
They want to rid the city of the art work.
I heard about this last night. I slept on it overnight and have concluded: The art work should stay put.
Yes, we’re talking about what arguably is the most iconic symbol of Amarillo: Cadillac Ranch.
The Caddies have been sticking out of the ground west of the city for 40-plus years. They’ve become one of the city’s major tourist attractions. You mention to anyone in the world where you’re from and you might get a response like this: Oh, isn’t the city with that big steak and the cars stuck in the ground?
I sympathize with those who are aggrieved by what Marsh has been accused of doing to them. Before his death and then afterward, allegations came forward about sexual misconduct involving Marsh and some teenage boys.
Removing the art work won’t be a simple task. All of it — and that includes those ubiquitous lawn signs — sits on private property. The individuals who want to remove it will have to get the property owners’ permission to take it all down.
As for Cadillac Ranch, I think that would be a gigantic mistake to wipe them off the Caprock. Eric Miller of the city’s Convention and Visitors Council, doesn’t want the cars taken down. They have become one of the more recognizable symbols of the city and they give us locals a chance to explain to visitors just what the heck they’re doing out there on that vast expanse of ranch land.
One of my sons years ago posited this theory: They are hooked up to underground telecommunications devices that enable Marsh to communicate with extraterrestrials.
I’ve long thought that Marsh was one of those individuals about whom you could say almost anything … and it would have the vaguest ring of believability.
His art work ought to live on.