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Husband grows guitar-shaped forest around home over 40 years to honor his late wife

Pedro Martin Ureta and his children drew simple lines and spaced them out, then planted over 7,000 trees to create the land art.

Husband grows guitar-shaped forest around home over 40 years to honor his late wife
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While many build architectural tributes to honor loved ones, one husband went the extra mile to memorialize his late wife. Farmer Pedro Martin Ureta lost his wife Graciela Yraizoz to a brain aneurysm in 1977, when she was just 25 years old. A few years before her death, they had briefly discussed creating a guitar-shaped plantation on their ranch, according to Mashable SE Asia. The woman got the inspiration when she was flying over the Pampa grassland and saw someone had made a farm in the design of a milk pail. 

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tim Gouw
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Tim Gouw

She loved the idea and discussed it with her husband, choosing a guitar shape because of her fondness for the instrument. Ureta promised they would talk about it later, but they never had the chance due to her sudden, tragic passing. After that, Ureta and his four children decided to fulfill the one request she had. They drew simple lines and spaced them out. They planted over 7,000 trees, which included Cypress for the outline and a star-shaped hole in the center and used blue Eucalyptus trees to make it look like guitar strings.

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Today, people can view the land art that Ureta created in the lowland plains of Argentina from an airplane, according to NASA Earth Observatory. He started the project in 1979, which became a wonder for pilots and passengers who flew above that place. Ureta never saw his guitar-shaped forest from the sky due to his fear of flying, only viewing photos shared by friends. NASA posted an image taken on November 2, 2007, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on the Terra satellite. The land art, which is also visible on Google Maps, covers about a kilometer (two-thirds of a mile) across the landscape.


In another tale of love, a man named Bill Forward created a cycle so that he and his wife could be outdoors despite her deteriorating condition due to Alzheimer's. "Having lived and traveled in Asia, I remembered what people had done to bicycles to make food carriers or trishaws. I thought that we could modify a bike to enable us to continue these outings," Bill wrote on Facebook. "I wanted the passenger seat in front of me so that we could see and talk about the same things together and then as her disability progressed, I would be able to see if she was in some difficulty or another," he continued. With the help of his friend Ken McKenzie, Bill created a custom "Bike Chair" so that his wife could comfortably sit in front while he pedaled in the back. 


"We take it to the beach and ride along beside the beach. As we do that, we see a lot of people come to talk to us because it's a unique thing. Nobody else has got a bike chair quite like that one," Bill shared. He added that he was determined to fulfill all his wife's needs.

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