What’s Up With Those Two Legs On the Side of the Road Between Lubbock and Amarillo? [Pictures]
If you went to school here in Lubbock, you are undoubtedly aware of the rivalry between the Lubbock high schools and the Amarillo high schools.
But are you aware just how fierce that rivalry is from the Amarillo side?
As you travel I-27 to Amarillo, off to the east right before you get to Amarillo is a monument most people have never seen.
For years, my lady has talked about the giant legs on the way to Amarillo. Naturally, I have always just gone along with it to pacify her.
Little did I know she was serious.
There are actually two giant legs in the middle of a field and a monument with a plaque telling the story behind the legs.
Sadly, as you can tell from the pictures I took, someone has vandalized not only the legs themselves, but the plaque, too.
If you look closely, you can ready the story in the picture I posted, or you can take a quick road trip north to Amarillo and check it out for yourself.
The legs, built by Amarillo artist Lightnin’ McDuff, are a nod to Ozymandias, an Egyptian king and subject of one of the most famous poems ever by Percy Shelley:
I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert… And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Despite the legs' more vaunted history, one of the pedestals near the legs tells a fake story about Lubbock football players destroying the statue after a tough loss to an Amarillo team, leaving only the legs behind.