Wendover, Utah: Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

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I-80 West, Wendover, UT
North side of I-80 mile marker 26 on the north side, 25 miles east of Wendover, NV; 95 miles west of Salt Lake City.
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Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

A towering metal "tree" sculpture that's the only vertical thing for hours along I-80's path through the white desert of the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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Metaphor, the Tree of Utah - Shark!

Just west of the Tree, someone has placed metal fins in the water to look like a shark. A little further west, there is a sea serpent.

[Amy, 04/25/2019]
Metaphor, Tree of Utah

I drove a semi-truck from 1997 to 2011 and I've seen this oddity many times. Before this sculpture was fenced off to keep people out, there used to be a baby phoenix in one of the shells, like it was coming up from the ground. Someone must've stolen it.... I think it's sad that people feel they must destroy/deface things they see.

[Linda Conlon, 04/07/2015]


Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

No way to stop! Just cruised by and snapped a pic.

[Kristen, 07/03/2013]

Metaphor in winter.

Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

Thought you might enjoy a winter view of the famous "Tree." Conditions were freezing fog with temperatures not much above 0 Fahrenheit. Brr! [Candace, 02/04/2013]

This nine-story-high artwork has stood alone on the Bonneville Salt Flats since 1986. Most motorists probably confuse it with a cell phone tower.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Last Splice In First Transcontinental Phone LineLast Splice In First Transcontinental Phone Line, Wendover, UT - 16 mi.
Bonneville Salt FlatsBonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT - 18 mi.
See Curvature of the EarthSee Curvature of the Earth, Wendover, UT - 26 mi.
In the region:
Sun Tunnels: Earth Art in the Desert, Lucin, UT - 43 mi.

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