In what’s a touching tribute to a love lost too soon, an Argentine man has planted and cultivated a gorgeous, multi-colored forest in the shape of a massive guitar.
The project, stretching 2/3 of a mile long and composed of over 7,000 trees, was started a few years after Pedro Ureta’s wife Graciela tragically passed away in 1977 at age 25 from a brain aneurysm. Before her sudden death, the couple had often talked about creating their own “sky image” within their fields. According to Atlas Obscura, Pedro told Graciela they would put the project off “until they had more time.”
“Working tirelessly to plant and cultivate the trees, Ureta created a perfect guitar shape, complete with a star-shaped hole in the middle,” the site says. “Using mostly cypress trees to form the outline, Ureta used blue eucalyptus trees to accent the strings on the neck of the guitar. Easily visible from airplanes, the guitar brings joy to many who fly over the Pampas.”
According to a recent interview, while the trees making up the guitar have withstood tornadoes, hail, and lightning, the largest threat looming is from a fungus that is attacking the cypress, turning them brown and dry. “If I had to do it again, I would make the guitar with indigenous trees,” says Ureta.
He adds that he hopes one day that the site can be preserved as a heritage site. Until then, he and his family will continue to caretake the gorgeous memorial. Check out more photos over on Inhabitat here.