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An Arizona man has created a piece of roadside art that looks like it fell from space

A US artist has created a unique piece of roadside art in Arizona that has many people convinced that it fell from space.

The piece of art looks as if it fell from space.
The piece of art looks as if it fell from space. Image by Aimee Madsen

The piece, which strongly resembles the nose cone of a rocket ship, was created this week by actor and artist Jack Millard. The installation is actually an old rusted cement mixer that has been sitting in a field for the past 30 years. Jack noticed it while travelling down highway 287 between Tucson and Phoenix. “It seemed forgotten and certainly abandoned. I thought it looked like something that had fallen from the sky and I wanted to give it new life. Now it’s shiny, visible and alive,” Jack told Lonely Planet Travel News. He painted the cement mixer in silver to resemble the colouring of a spacecraft, with some red accents and a stencil that reads “United States”. Jack also purchased a vintage parachute and attached it at one end to add some authenticity to the open air installation.

A picture of artist Jack Millard taken from inside the piece.
A picture of artist Jack Millard taken from inside the piece. Image by Aimee Madsen

“As an artist, my mission is to find beauty and magic in things others would consider junk. When I’m creating I try to block out any expectations that may creep into my head. Once you begin to create with an end result in mind, you block the chance of something magical happening,” Jack said. The piece is sitting on private land and is possible to be viewed up close with permission from the landowner. However, it can clearly be seen and photographed from the public highway also.

The piece may be too authentic and has led to people calling the police to inform them of the sighting.
The piece may be too authentic and has led to people calling the police to inform them of the sighting. Image by Aimee Madsen

However, the re-purposed sculpture may be a bit too convincing, as the last week has seen a former NASA engineer reporting the fallen capsule, as well as a string of passers by calling the police to report the sighting. It has all been cleared up now and some sheriffs even arrived to get their pictures taken with the piece. “If something I create can take the viewer out of a place of sorrow or worry, even for a moment, I’ve done my job,” Jack said.
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