Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Sliver of Hope

This is the Sundial Bridge, recently constructed in Redding, California. If taxpayer money is doomed to be squandered by politicians, it should be squandered on cool crap like this. It's more modern than classical, along the lines of a 747 or a skyscraper. In addition to being a sculpture it actually functions as an illuminated walking bridge and, in a bind, a time piece. The spire functions as fulcrum for the suspension cables so no supports are needed between the banks.

City of Redding, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back.

As a comparison, below is posted a picture of "The Tree of Utah" which is located out in the middle of the Salt Flats along I-80 and does not seem to serve any purpose aside from warning visitors to the state "You should be at least this disoriented to enjoy Utah." I almost guessed that desert-bound Utahns have just forgotten what trees look like and this was the best their memories could drum up, but people here don't play enough tennis or croquet for that to be the case. Did the tree hatch out of that concrete, chained eggshell? File under "art even the artist didn't understand."

1 comment:

Gordon said...

Holy christ that drive across NV on I-80 is bad. It's enough to make you want to blow up the Tree of Utah.