The difference between the mundane and the vividly imagined

This observatory tower overlooking the Bonneville Salt Flats could have been a yawn. It could have been the standard rectangle with a viewing platform, with a perfectly perfunctory stairs attached. Maybe an elevator.

Instead, the state of Utah opted for something curvy, something lyrical.

The ramp curves lightly upward like a treble cleft untangling in three-dimensional space. The awning over the viewing area evokes a sail . . . or the helm of a modern-day yacht.

The structure is surprisingly fluid for one anchored in a hard and dry Western desert.

The difference between the mundane and the imaginative is profound. It’s the difference between humdrum and hell yes.


Wonder bringers
When love starts a thing: Park City, Utah