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June 2007
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Ozymandias on the Plains - Amarillo, Texas

These legs are another of Stanley Marsh's doing, along with the Cadillac Farm and the Dynamite Museum. This creation is in a field on the east side of the freeway south of Amarillo.

The text on the monument reads:

"In 1819, while on their horseback trek over the Great Plains of New Spain, Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Wollstonecraft (author of "Frankenstein"), came across these ruins. Here Shelley penned these immortal lines:

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well its passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed
And on the pedestal these words appear:

"My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"

Nothing beside remains around the decay,
Of that colossal wreck. Boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away."

The monument then goes on to explain that the visage of Ozymandias was destroyed by students from Lubbock after losing a football game.

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