Now that I've got your attention, this is not the strangest statue in the panhandle. It barely scratches the surface of "odd" when you consider the "art installations" we have around Amarillo. Still, it's an interesting choice and in an interesting location.

So I've got to ask, what is the story on the strangest statue in the panhandle?

Welcome To Shamrock, Texas

I love Shamrock. They have a lot going for them; Route 66 landmarks, a piece of the Blarney Stone, St. Patrick's Day, and this statue in a gas station parking lot.

Charlie Hardin
Charlie Hardin

I've had photos of this statue for a while, and recently started wondering what the story is behind it.

Off I-40, In The Parking Lot Of A Gas Station/Taco Bell Combo

It's not the place you'd usually expect to find a work of art. In the parking of a gas station/ Taco Bell combo you'll come across this statute named "The Dancer."

Charlie Hardin
Charlie Hardin

It sits right next to the air pump you use to fill your tires. There's even a little plaque with the name of the piece and the artist responsible on display.

D. Vineyard, 2020

Come to find out, D. Vineyard is an artist whose Instagram account says he's based out of Shamrock. Now, we have a local tie.

The Instagram account has several photos of works done by Vineyard, including more statues.

Charlie Hardin
Charlie Hardin

My favorite part of these works, is that they all seem to be made out of "recycled" materials. Get to inspecting "The Dancer" and you'll see fingernail clippers, scissors, nuts, bolts, you name it.

What is not immediately made clear is why. Why install a statue made out of metal bits and pieces in the shape of a dancer in the parking lot of a Taco Bell/gas station combo?

If anyone in Shamrock has the answer, let me know. In the meantime, check out D. Vineyard on Instagram here.

LOOK: The Enigmatic Art Oddity of Cookie Time

This quirky and whimsical place is tucked away behind a fence off US-287N and Cherry Street. While it may seem like a head-scratcher at first, you'll soon find yourself drawn to the unique and memorable displays at Cookie Time.

All the Pretty Horses of Amarillo's Hoof Print Project: DOWNTOWN

The Hoof Print project was started in 2002 by the non-profit organization Center City as a way to beautify the city and raise funds.

Amarillo Landmarks: Negative Yelp Reviews

Yelp can be a strange and angry place. That's what I found out recently when I decided to sort the reviews by "lowest rating" first.

I was okay with the people upset over bad service and what not. But I came across a few reviews that, for lack of a better word, left me speechless in their scathing negative reviews on some of Amarillo's most iconic places. Prepare your self for plenty of head shaking and "I dunno" shrugs.

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