It came from beyond

liftoff.jpg Solve this mystery and win Austin-wide acclaim. If you know where this object is, say so in a comment and you’ll be notified whether or not you’re correct. If you can say what it was designed to be or do in the first place, here’s someone who’d be eternally grateful to know. Not one person asked has even dared to venture a guess. Did it ever attain lift-off? A correct response to the first question will garner only the satisfaction of being correct. The accuracy of any answer to the second question must be ascertained by an independent panel of experts, perhaps from some other universe.

4 Comments so far

  1. Carter B. (unregistered) on August 16th, 2005 @ 9:45 pm

    It is in the nice courtyard in back of Swerve coffee shop on South Lamar. I’ve no idea the purpose, but it does echo slightly from underneath. Maybe it is just sculpture ala Richard Serra or something.

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on August 17th, 2005 @ 6:11 am

    You are so right! It is indeed the ceremonial gateway to the landscape containing the horse-trough fountain, the flamingos, the galv-alum fencing, and the earthen, grass-planted sofa. To show the scale of the object, I had taken a photo with a person standing inside, but that one didn’t come out well. Whatever this object is, I think I’ve seen it in numbers loaded onto a rail-car, but nobody knows what it was intended for.

  3. Sam Armstrong (unregistered) on August 21st, 2005 @ 5:37 pm

    It’s a cement truck thing-a-ma-bob.

  4. Rantor (unregistered) on August 24th, 2005 @ 4:57 am

    Our panel of redoubtable Redi-Mix experts reports that it’s not. The mystery continues to mystify.

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