We visited a most unusual “forest” of cars today. While searching for the top ten things to see and do in this area, I found the International Car Forest in Goldfield, Nevada. It was only about 20 miles away, we decided to go for it. :-) It reminded me of the Cadillac Ranch in Texas except for the nice artist drawing on these. The one in Texas has spray cans everywhere and everyone paints on them, with or without any talent. This one is the dream project of two Nevada artist, Chad Sorg and Mark Rippie. They put a lot of time into it and created some beautiful painting, my favorite was the colorful owl.
The Car Forest began when Sorg saw just a seed of the project. As he was driving through Goldfield, Nevada, he spotted a car standing on its nose in the sand. Intrigued, the artist found that it was the work of Rippie and by 2011, Sorg had moved to the city to help Rippie expand their “forest.”
Today, over 40 automobiles including cars, trucks, and vans have been balanced delicately on their ends or stacked on top one of another, looking like a group of toys some giant child simply left lying around. Each of the junked cars has also been uniquely painted with designs varying from skulls to caricatures of politicians. It was quite unusual and cool to see. Access to this area is very rugged and might be impassable in inclement weather. Not for vehicles with low ground clearance! We also visited the town of Goldfield, check back later for another update from Goldfield including a house made out of bottles.