Most people refer to the solitary "Geosphere" along a lonely stretch of Arizona's I-40 as the "Golf Ball House." I can understand; in very general terms it resembles a giant golf ball. Given that it is raised from the ground by a tower, I will further concede that it does appear to be perched atop a tee just waiting for a 340-foot golfer to come along and whack it across the continental fairway and into the great water trap that is the Atlantic Ocean. However, this place shares neither the color nor the telltale dimples of a standard-issue golfball. And, really, when was the last time anyone saw a golf ball with windows?
This "golf ball" is an inspired bit of roadside architecture. Given its prominence in the vast desert scape that could easily be taken for the wastelands of an alien planet, I think the house deserves a name with more dignity, more mystery, and more intergalactic drama. I will henceforth refer to it as the "Space Orb."
|Clearly, the owners are on the same page, as the grounds are a friendly landing |
field to a fleet of small-scale spaceships, flying saucers, and UFO's.
As a private residence, the Space Orb is not open for exploration but the location makes for a great place to stop and take some out-of-this-world pictures (next time I think we will wear our moon suits). Respecting the gate on the staircase that restricted access to the home, we definitely made use of the onsite convenience store's facilities and replenished the road trip snack reserves.
Call it a golf ball, a UFO, or a space orb, this house is more fun than anyone else is providing in Yucca, AZ. It is so remote that it would make an awesome set for a photo shoot, video, or film. I might pitch the idea for my next project, "Mr. Tiny versus the Orb Women" to the owners and see if we can launch that into orbit.
The Space Orb "Golf Ball" House (and convenience store)
Alama Rd exit off of I-40