Many labors of love often go unnoticed. From acts of kindness to a lifetime’s devotion, many times it’s the most personal gestures that are the most private. This isn’t always the case, however.
One Argentinian farmer’s tribute to his late wife is a belated fulfillment of one of her last wishes before her tragic death and a stunning achievement that can be seen from space!
Pedro Martin Ureta and Graciela Yraizoz met in 1969, when she was just 17. He was 28, and more worldly-wise after travels through Europe. However, he was taken by her beauty and the two were soon married. They had four children together and tended to their idyllic farm in the Argentine Pampas until 1977 when Graciela tragically died at the age of 25 during childbirth. Heartbroken, Pedro searched for a way to commemorate his late wife as he raised their four children alone.
He remembered a conversation they’d had when flying over the neighboring farms, something that had always scared him because of his fear of heights. Graciela noticed a neighbor’s farm that took the shape of a milk pail and was struck by sudden inspiration. She asked him if they could plant a farm in the shape of a guitar, because of her love of the instrument. Pedro had brushed it off as impractical at the time, saying they would talk about it “later.”
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Now, grieving Graciela, the idea seemed perfect. Professional landscapers laughed at his plans, so Pedro turned to his farmhands and four kids, spacing plants out along his patch of land and planting trees in a familiar shape. The project took years to come to fruition and meant planting 7,000 trees.
Cypress trees were used for the guitar’s neck and body, as well as outlining the soundhole. Blue eucalyptus served as the six strings. Along the way, Pedro had to devise special scrap metal tools that kept pests out of the newly-planted saplings and trace the outline by spacing out his children in the field and putting seeds at their feet.
The results are stunning, even to this day. “It’s incredible to see a design that was so carefully planned, so far below,” pilot Gabriel Pindek told the Wall Street Journal.”There’s nothing else like it.”
Pedro eventually found love again, decades later. His new partner is the town’s pharmacist, and she loves the guitar forest as well.
Though he’s proud of his creation, which has been documented by NASA, Pedro has never seen it from the air. He’s still afraid of flying. Now in his 80s, Pedro and his farmhands continue to tend to the farm and allow visitors to wander its grounds. It serves not only as a testimony to Graciela but also to his love for her.Whizzco