I started a new painting a week or so ago and I finally got to getting some details into it. It’s based off a series photos I shot at the Whoopee Bowl Antiques:
Interestingly, the white chicken is the exact same aluminum sculpture like the green one I found in Fabens. I used the Fabens chicken in my “The Great Fabens Getaway” painting. These chickens apparently get around:
(image from epMINI’s Flickr feed)
Well it does:
- My, what a big cock you have there
Fabens, Texas is the last stop east out of El Paso county. The ginormous rooster guarding Fabens Street is not the only interesting item here. Some of Steve McQueen’s “The Getaway” was filmed there, though off hand I couldn’t pick out where.
Before the rooster is a Pontiac Ventura permanently embedded in an empty lot. It appears to be advertising the locations great potential for your future business opportunity:
- Crash and Burn here!
Traveling down Fabens Street, left onto Alameda and in about a mile you will find what looks like a airplane graveyard:
- Final boarding call for the last flight out of Fabens
The property has several fuselages scattered about it along with random airplane parts and crates of Steno cans. The Steno and plane wrecks gave me a creepy “Alive” vibe, minus the cannibalism and bitter cold.
Fabens is also not immune to the effects of rampant file sharing and movie piracy:
- Eddie couldn’t holdout for the return of Betamax
Just down the street from Eddie’s is Hotel California:
- Captain, Please bring me my wine
Not really. It sure does look similar to the Eagles album cover though. The warm hands of God must have kept their palm trees alive during February’s unusual 4 day freeze, unlike 95% of El Paso.
I didn’t have much more time to keep driving around freaking out the locals so I headed back to EP. The full Flickr set can be found here: Fabulous Fabens