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Old 03-15-2008, 10:16 AM   #1
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Bates Airstream "Art" told to move

I haven't seen this posted yet, came in the overnight email.

Airstream Ranch told to dismantle RV News Service
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:28 AM   #2
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Old 03-15-2008, 03:33 PM   #3
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I saw the news report on a local tv station last ight and started laughing. We have driven by the "ranch" several times and I really didn't think it was that bad. Frank pulled the old airstreams out of the junk yard and "planted" them.. So far no newer ones have grown from the "seeds". Still waiting for them.

I thought it was okay, and from what I can see, there are no neighbors that close. According to the local news, he offered to erect walls and plant trees to hide it from view, but the local yokels didn't like that idea either.

You could say it was a unique ploy because he is getting a lot of press and advertising from it. Regardless of what happens, no airstream was damaged in the planting of the ranch.

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Old 03-15-2008, 04:00 PM   #4
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From the pictures I did not find the 'art' that attractive. They did not even leave the wheels on as did the Cadillacs in Texas. 'The' Art wasn't beholding in my eyes.
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I saw the news report on a local tv station last ight and started laughing. We have driven by the "ranch" several times and I really didn't think it was that bad. Frank pulled the old airstreams out of the junk yard and "planted" them.. So far no newer ones have grown from the "seeds". Still waiting for them.

I thought it was okay, and from what I can see, there are no neighbors that close. According to the local news, he offered to erect walls and plant trees to hide it from view, but the local yokels didn't like that idea either.

You could say it was a unique ploy because he is getting a lot of press and advertising from it. Regardless of what happens, no airstream was damaged in the planting of the ranch.

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Well I have to agree with the residents in that area... We lived next to Bates Rv .. in a RV park and there are other people that live close... a new subdivision that is in a short distance away....Annie
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:19 PM   #6
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I liked it!

It's a shame in our "Free" society, that Frank has to dismantle what he did. I particularly liked it. Here is our 1954 Safari with the Ranch in the background a few weeks ago. I wonder what he's gonna do with them now?
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:22 PM   #7
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Dead Airstream Art- -Sacred or profane

Is this exhibit another example of the dichotomy between the sacred and the profane?
Dont we have a right to express ourselves freely in our pursuit of happiness?
What good is art if we cant shock people every now and then with something different?

Some think their vintage Airstream is sacred relic with a rich history that should be preserved and respected.
Or is this public manifestation, a desecration and an insult to Wally Byam- -the creator?

Still others have no respect of old aluminum and want it recycled into beer cans.
Not a bad idea though, when my time comes Ill be an organ donor for recycling.
Not now but after Im gone way down the road. I mean up, way up on the high road. Yea thats it, I'm going up.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:42 PM   #8
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Nobody says you have to LIKE the art to make it art! I've seen lots of "standard" art that I didn't care for but it still hangs in galleries and museums. In this case, it IS an installation that businesses and very wealthy individuals pay handsomely for. I don't think anyone has the right to tell an individual that his art must go - afterall, art is in the eye of the beholder. Shame on the county for over reacting.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:11 PM   #9
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If Bates isn't breaking any laws, then he has a right to display his art.

An accomplished artist friend of mine once told me, "Good artwork doesn't answer all the questions. It makes you ask them." I'm not sure if Bates original intent was to produce a true work of art, but I have a question. Would there be a front window frame that could fit my 1960 Tradewind buried under there somewhere?
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Hi, in the picture, I only saw two trees and a lot of dirt; Leave it alone, it's not hurting anything.
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Would there be a front window frame that could fit my 1960 Tradewind buried under there somewhere?
Maybe the little guy's rear window will fit, if it's intact. The front windows were removed before planting.
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In America We have freedom of exspression till someone doen't like our exspression and that happens often.

Personnally I think its a waist of time and old Airstreams to stick em in the ground. NOT my idea of ART. It is more like a gimmic for attention. You think someone would put forth their time an effort to a more constructive and productive end. That goes for the Cadillac Ranch too. What a waist of energy and vintage aluminum.

I many not agree with what you say but I will defend you'r right to say it...or make it into "ART".
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pilgrim & Sugarfoot -- We've had a recent thread that linked to an article saying there were code & permit issues -- http://www.airforums.com/forums/f224...mpa-39215.html.

DFord79 -- This issue has received much discussion before. There is no question that the units buried were beyond restoration.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:34 AM   #14
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It always bothers me to see any piece of equipment scrapped, especially the stuff that could be made useful again. Knowing Frank, he pulled anything of use off the trailers before planting them, so he could "recon" the trailers that are more sellable. The parts off the trailers in the "ranch" probably enhanced the sellability and usefullness of several he had, or will be trying to sell in the future.
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