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Playing off my previous picture, I offer up another shot that has a bit of an illusionary perspective.

This is the Wells Fargo (Bank) building in downtown Salt Lake City. The title for this one makes reference to one of my all time favorite Mel Brooks movies, Blazing Saddles. If you’re familiar with the movie, it makes a lot more sense as it applies to this “visual trickery.” Brooks has also been the genius behind other classic comedies such as Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, just to name a few.

Here’s how the movie sets up with this photo:

Set in the American Old West of 1874, construction on a new railroad runs into quicksand. The route has to be changed, which will require it to go through Rock Ridge, a frontier town where everyone has the last name of "Johnson"…that should already be a clue to the humor involved. The deviant State Attorney General wants to buy the land along the new railroad route cheaply, by driving out the townspeople. He sends a gang of thugs to scare them away, prompting the townsfolk to demand the Governor appoint a new sheriff.

In an effort to impede the destruction of the town, the sheriff gathers all of its citizens, along with the railroad workers, 3 miles east of Rock Ridge to build a fake town as a diversion. They work feverishly through the night, and when the sun rises, they’ve completed a perfect replica…but only in 2D, all of the storefronts and shops have nothing more than a phony façade with absolutely nothing behind it but desert.

Every time I’ve seen this building from this particular point of view, I’m always reminded of that scene from the movie because it appears much the same…nothing but a big prop! :)

I have included a WS picture though to show that there really is a back side. hehe


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