Utah February 23, 2017
The Utah Curiosity Hiding In Plain Sight Is Sure To Fascinate You
If you’ve ever driven along I-80 West toward Wendover, you’ve seen this work of art…but what do you know about it?
There's not much to see on I-80 Westbound to Wendover.
It's just a long expanse of road that cuts through the desert and salt flats.
When you get about 25 miles outside of Wendover, you'll notice something strange.
An odd sculpture appears to have sprouted in the middle of the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Thousands of people drive past this sculpture every day. Most don't bother to stop.
The 87-foot tall sculpture looks like a tree trunk with spheres attached to its branches.
The spheres are covered with minerals and rocks - some of which glisten and glitter in the sunshine. Some think the spheres look like tennis balls; others think they must represent something else. What appears to be broken sphere-shaped husks lie on the ground near the tree.
The sculpture was created by Karl Momen, a Swedish artist who wanted to bring beauty to this barren place.
He constructed the sculpture between 1982 and 1986, using 225 tons of cement mix on top of a framework of five tons of welding rod. The whole thing is covered in thousands of ceramic tiles. Momen named his creation "Metaphor: Tree of Utah." The words of Friedrich Schiller "Ode to Joy" are inscribed on this work of art, too. A fence was placed around the tree to prevent people from being injured by falling tiles.
After he completed his sculpture, Karl Momen donated it to the people of Utah and returned to Sweden. He didn't explain his work of art - he leaves the interpretation up to you. So, what does it mean? You decide.
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