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After His Wife Passed Away, a Farmer in Argentina Did This to Honor Her Life

Pedro Ureta is a farmer from Argentina. This is why you need to know him…

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He’s also the man behind this:

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Yes, that’s a huge guitar in the middle of his farm.

The 74-year-old didn’t do it out of boredom. He created it as a tribute to his wife, Graciela Yraizoz, who died in 1977. She was only 25 years old.

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Ureta and Yrairzoz were married when he was 28 and she was 17. They had four children. Yrairzoz died of a brain aneurysm while carrying what would have been the couple’s fifth child.

It was actually Yrairzoz’s idea to create a guitar on the farm.

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Yrairzoz loved the instrument, but Ureta says he was too busy at the time to consider her suggestion. After she died, Ureta was filled with regret. Ureta’s daughter, Soledad, told the Wall Street Journal: “He used to talk about regrets, and it was clear he regretted not having listened to my mother about the guitar.”

So to honor his wife, Ureta planted more than 7,000 trees to create a guitar that’s about two-thirds of a mile long.

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The body of the guitar is made out of cypress trees. The blueish-purple strings and neck of the guitar are made out of eucalyptus trees.

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It’s visible on Google Earth and Google Maps, just use these coordinates: -33.867886, -63.987.

The guitar is so large that it’s even visible through satellites in space. Here’s an image from NASA:

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And despite all the attention he’s received for his guitar, Ureta says he’s never seen his work from above.

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The 74-year-old says when he was a young man, he had a bad experience on a plane. Now he’s afraid of flying.

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