I spent most of my teenage years living in Salt Lake City, Utah.
There were a lot of ways to keep myself in trouble. Sneaking into community pools at night, working late at Taco Bell, and pretending I was cool on the video production team at my high school were some of the conduits to my teenage shenanigans.
Either way, I cannot believe I grew up here and had never heard about Gigal Gardens.
It's a shame because I would have snuck out and came here all the time.
Most Utahans have never heard of this magical garden.
Look at this place:
That is straight up Joseph Smith's face on a sphinx body and it's majestic.
This whole place gives off a really sacrilegious, Sunstone mini golf vibe....
BUT, it was actually put together in the 1960's by a Mormon bishop, Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. because he loved his church so much. It's basically a shrine to everything he believed in.
Here's the installation he made of himself, complete with brick pants:
I can respect that.
It's a relatively small garden/park. It only take about 15 min max to see everything.
It's kind of hard to find since it was built in the guys backyard.
Just use a GPS and this address:
749 E 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT.