The Tennis Ball Tree of Utah
When traveling on Route 80 through the Great Salt Lake Desert, there’s not much to see. The terrain, while beautiful, is endless, and many travelers find it to be a tough drive. So when a giant tree covered with multicolored tennis balls rolls into view, many desert travelers must think they’re losing their minds.
Metaphor: The Tree of Utah, is made of concrete and stands eighty-seven feet tall. Its massive trunk rises to a series of branches, adorned with large spheres painted to resemble multi-colored tennis balls. Along the ground surrounding the tree are seventeen fallen tennis ball halves, meant to represent leaves that have fallen from the tree.