Rock and glass

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Again with my big non-posting self. But here I am again, with a couple more Eureka Springs sights. After this, I will be off on a road trip to N. Virginia to visit my brother, so hopefully more posting will happen in a couple weeks. As for now, I will first talk about the rock. Apparently it’s not that well known yet this particular rock has its own gift shop, so someone apparently visits the thing. I don’t know how I found out about it, but I did. So we went.

Pivot Rock is a natural rock formation of a big ol’ rock top on a smaller, not nearly as big, rock bottom. We shall not cave into sexual entendre here, mmmkay? Suffice to say, it looks a bit precarious and I did give it a thought whether to stand under the thing, but stand I did. It actually looks pretty sturdy.

The queen was not convinced it is a natural formation as it looks like the top part was placed on the bottom part. According to this website, the rock was first developed as an attraction about 100 years ago. Of course, we found out with Coral Castle, a slightly built guy with pulleys, levers and enough initiative can move all kinds of heavy stuff. But, I’m going to go with it being a natural formation because it probably is.

After that, we headed to the glass place. While roughing it in our cabin retreat equipped with WiFi, I was checking out interesting stuff in the area and came across the Thorncrown Chapel. Built in the late1970s by Arkansas architect, Fay Jones, Thorncrown is considered one of the great architectural achievements of the 20th century. One immediately thinks of Frank Lloyd Wright as the design evokes the “Prairie School” popularized by Wright. It is truly an amazing place. Glass and forest surround you in a perfect marriage of structure and environment. If there was one drawback, it was the selection of organ music – church organ music meets the Grand Ol Opry. I would have preferred Gregorian chants or something a little more zen.

My camera really does have a pathetic lens. Thus, I was not able to capture the subtle majesty of the place. You can take a cool and groovy virtual tour on the website as well as see some much better pics of the place.

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Category: Architecture, Arkansas, RoadsideAttraction, Scenic

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