So, there's a sphinx with Jospeh Smith's head in Salt Lake City. No joke. And as I understand it, this location is little known, and difficult to find. So with Siri's help, I found it. Gilgal gardens was designed and created by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr in the mid-twentieth century, and is an itty-bitty detachment from the hustle and bustle of downtown Salt Lake City.
It's a pretty cool place, and I'm a fan of all things unique so I definitely dug this place. I'm not exactly sure how big a city lot is in downtown, but these beautiful gardens surely take up every bit of one. There are 12 original sculptures here with over 70 other stones engraved with scripture, poems, and literary texts. The gardens are the legacy of Mr. Child's desire to give physical form to his deep-felt beliefs. "If you want to be brought down to earth in your thinking and studying, try to make your thoughts express themselves with your hands" Child wrote. Each of the 70 engraved stones represent an idea that rang of truth to Child in his lifelong spiritual quest.
Despite the noise of the construction of a parking garage nearby, the gardens offer peace and solitude and the chance to sit, relax and ponder whatever needs ponderin'. I highly recommend taking the time to stop by and check it out. Please be respectful, as this is an important and historic site.