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.
Daylight, no stopping.
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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. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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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.


Metaphor, the Tree of Utah

We heard the fence is around Metaphor because a girl got hurt (minor) and sued someone, so to protect themselves against dumb asses the fence was placed.

[bonelady, 11/04/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bonneville Salt FlatsBonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT - 18 mi.
Wendover WillWendover Will, West Wendover, NV - 27 mi.
Sun Tunnels: Earth Art in the DesertSun Tunnels: Earth Art in the Desert, Lucin, UT - 43 mi.

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