Radio

Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows

 

 

Alt News
Remembering A Lost Love By Planting A Guitar-Shaped Forest
September 16, 2012
submit to reddit

guitar-shaped-forest-1.jpg
If you lost someone you loved, wouldn't you want to create something to honour their memory?

That's what drove Pedro Ureta, an Argentinian farmer, to plant an entire forest in the shape of an acoustic guitar. He created it to honour his wife, who died tragically at the age of 25.

Back in the mid-70s, Ureta's wife Graciela was flying over fields near their farm and saw a shape that looked like a milk pail. She suggested to Pedro that they could embed a design into their own fields, and he liked the idea. But the couple was always too busy to put the idea into practice.

In 1977, Graciela died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. Pedro was crushed. A few years later, he started working on designs for a guitar - one of his wife's favourite instruments - that would be visible from above.

guitar-shaped-forest-2.jpg

Pedro planted the forest himself, using mostly cypress trees for the outline and blue eucalyptus trees for the "strings" on the instrument's neck. The finished design is clearly visible to anyone who flies over the Pampas, the fertile lowland area of Argentina where he lives.

Although he designed and planted it, Pedro himself has never seen his guitar from above. He's afraid of flying, so he's only ever seen photographs.

Pedro Ureta's not the only farmer who has used his fields to pay tribute to a lost love. Winston Howes, a farmer in Gloucestershire, England, lost his wife Janet suddently in 1995. After her death, he planted oak trees in a field, creating a heart-shaped space in the middle with the point aiming toward the place where his wife grew up.

You can see Winston's work below.

heart-shaped-forest-1.jpg

heart-shaped-forest-2.jpg

Related stories on Strombo.com:

Earth From Above

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.