Asteroid Landed Softly, Salt Lake City

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All Photos By Gail

If you don’t know already, it will soon became apparent from my posts that I was recently traveling (on vacation) in the beautiful state of Utah!  Our first stop on a ten-day road trip was Salt Lake City, where I was able to see this ‘floating boulder,’ entitled Asteroid Landed Softly (1994) by Japanese artist  Kazuo Matsubayashi, from my window at the Marriott hotel!

Aside from being a stunning public landmark, Asteroid Landed Softly is a working sundial that also suggests the image of Southern Utah’s landscape. The sundial works through a slit in the tower (seen in the above photo) as a beam of sunlight is cast on the plaza floor.

asteroid landed softly photo by gail worley

The mirrored column supporting the pinkish-brown rock also beautifully reflects the changing faces of the surrounding office buildings  and fluctuating weather patterns to offer a limitless number of perspectives that can be captured in photos.  I did not realize when I took this particular photo that I had also captured a resting pigeon!

asteroid landed softly photo by gail worley

The above photo was taken a bit later in the day, so there’s a complete shadow on the face of the sundial.  You can read more about this beautiful and functional work of public art at This Link!

Photographed at The Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

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