Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Just a picture #6


Alexia said...

ok I have to ask... What is this???

(It's very cool, whatever:)

Max said...

That's Metaphor: Tree of Utah, an abstract sculpture out on the Salt Flats, about 100 miles (160 km) west of Salt Lake City and 30 miles (48 km) east of Wendover, Nevada, right alongside Interstate 80. It was constructed in the mid 1980's, at the same time The Great Salt Lake hit s recent-historical high. The lake was threatening property and businesses along it's shore so the State build huge pumps to pump Great Salt Lake water out to this area. A joke going around at the time had a Utahn and a tourist at the side of the road contemplating the sculpture. The tourist looks at the Utahn and says "I can't beleive some guy spent a million and a half dollars to build this big concrete tree with balls on it way out here in the middle of nowhere." The Utahn replied "You think that's bad, our Governor just spent $60 million to water the damn thing."