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Mobil - Shamrock, Texas (from Five Views from the Panhandle Series)
© Ed Ruscha

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Mobil - Shamrock, Texas (from Five Views from the Panhandle Series) 1962 / 2007

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
As one of a series of five, this shot was originally taken in 1962 by Ruscha on a road trip across Texas. During the trip he documented gas stations along the famous Route 66, between his childhood home in Oklahoma and his current home in Southern California. In this series Ruscha references the classic American road trip theme which would recur frequently in his work. Ruscha also explores architectural repetition. He said, “I was interested in this crazy little design that was repeated by all the gas companies to make stations with an overhang to create shade for their customers. It seemed to me a very beautiful statement.” In 2006 and 2007, he printed this work as part of a portfolio of five photographs from the original negatives shot in 1962.


  • Acc. No. AL00240
  • Medium Silver gelatin print
  • Size 25.00 x 20.30 cm (frame 38.00 x 38.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2011