April 26, 2003
Gothic News Service: Easter Morning at the SUV, Solar and Oak Grove

(Gothic News Service, 04/20) Easter morning, drivers along Highway 185 in Texas - the one that leads right by the President's White House in Crawford ­ found themselves treated to a brand new roadside attraction. Five SUVs ­ each one from a different manufacturer - are spaced 10 feet apart and stuck nose first at 65-degree angles into the earth. Only the back side doors, windows and rear ends remain revealed, each of the vehiclešs alternatively royal blue, butterscotch gold, white, and cherry red colors oddly glowing like fresh spring growth in the face of the rising sun.

More curiously, on a small northern pathway from the SUV vista stop ­ on what is normally an arid, some say Biblical landscape ­ is the emergence of a large, circular Oak Grove that includes picnic tables at the open center and several winding paths into private alcoves with small benches under the awnings of the robust trees. Perhaps equally spectacular, extending out for several acres behind the SUV spectacle, are the parallel, reflective solar energy panels that rotate at different angles to best catch the sun's rays at different points of the day. Visitors are welcome to pedal the site's free bicycles up and down paths that extend in several directions across the horizon.

In the roadside parking area ­ on a stand shaped out of SUV hood ­ a small brochure printed on recycled paper provides some information about the site:

-- The solar panels steel rotational supports are one hundred per cent constructed from shredded SUV metal. Granulated glass and shredded synthetic upholstery units constitute the reflective material and chemical agents required to produce solar energy.

-- Bicycle frames, wheels and gears are also created from recycled SUVs. One
SUV will create 1000 bicycle frames and parts.

-- Individuals and families are welcome to donate their SUVs to the Ranch Recycling Center located at Crawford town limits. Free van transportation to your destination and back home is provided to donors.

-- Under the auspices of Solar Utility Vendor Inc. (SUV Inc.) the company provides energy through out Texas and adjoining states for community electrical, fuel and heating systems.

Easter Morning featured an egg hunt in the Grove with both adults and children fanning out across the paths to find blue, red, gold, and green eggs in and around the trees. Each egg also bore a stencil printed "RECYCLE" message. Egg shell waste cans were set up at the exit with fresh painted advice, "Partake of the egg and recycle as you wish. Shells hells convert to biodegradable plastic for practical use."

Houston art critics have been quick to claim the new sitešs significance. "This is a great contemporary re-interpretation of the both practical and sublime use of the traditional religious shrine," one said. "It's a magical combination of high-tech modern materials used to produce both illumination and power co-leveraged with the Oaks healing, restive and regenerative power. Joseph Beuys, the German artist who planted trees, and the Texas Ant Farm's Cadillac Ranch are influences here ­ but SUV Inc.šs commitment to recycling, non-fossil fuel commitment, and implicit reverence for nature as a human partner is a clear artistic step forward to community, national and world health."

The Crawford White House refused to publicly comment on the value of the site other than to express its concerns about either pagan religious and/or terrorist uses. It is also not known whether the Presidentšs ranch will buy into SUV Inc.šs solar power unit. At last look, on Easter morning, families were stopping ­ many in SUVS - to join in the egg hunt, picnic and quietly contemplate on Grove benches while man took advantage of bikes to pedal towards the horizon on the special paths between the illuminated panels.

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