Ghost Town: Cisco, Utah

This site contains a collection of memorabilia, relevant & irrelevant information about the town of Cisco, Utah. Cisco is located approximately 6 miles south of I-70 in eastern Utah on Old Route 6, in the vicinity of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks.

Location: Galloway, Ohio, United States

Born in Chicago, 1959. Moved to Columbus, Ohio 1973. Married in 1979. Favorite Pizza! Home Run Inn -Chicago. There is none better.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

White Buffalo-Lonely Art

by Karuna Eberl

TEMPORARY EXHIBIT: In Cisco, Utah. Karuna Eberl
In a crumbling, long-abandoned building in the desert of eastern Utah, anonymous artists have created one of the world’s loneliest art exhibits.

"Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not steal," is scrawled ominously above a gutted upholstered chair inside a small building called the White Buffalo Bar. Cowboy boots, stuck upside down on posts anchored to the floor, stand in front of small watercolor paintings. Around the corner, 50 or so black-and-white pictures of the backs of people’s heads are glued to the wall in a horizontal row. A towering heap of cinder blocks, springs and glass bottles balances in the middle of another room, precariously supported by thin anchor wires. A typewritten note nailed next to the doorway says the exhibit is an international cooperative project by artists from Utah and Krakow, Poland.

Art in Cisco, Utah. Karuna Eberl
The exhibit in the White Buffalo Bar isn’t static. Perhaps the artists return from time to time, or perhaps others have contributed to the exhibit. The silence of the desert, the randomness of the location and the anonymity of the creators increase the power of the art. In a museum or gallery, it would be another exhibit for people to scrutinize and criticize while trying to figure out its deeper meaning. Here, it is art for the sake of art.

The stories of who ate, drank and lived their lives at the White Buffalo Bar are lost - just as the White Buffalo Bar itself will soon crumble. The buffalo mural on its cinder block front is fading, and vandals have destroyed some of the art inside. But for now, the magic the artists have created remains.

*Karuna Eberl


Anonymous Patti Miller said...

Found you as I was searching for info on my uncle! Charles Steen is my mother's brother. I am so sad to say that he passed away in Jan of this year!
The kicker is no one told our side of the family! My Mom, Maxine Boyd was told 4 days ago, by a neighbor who brought her the Obituary from the Salt Lake Tribune! The Times Independent News paper's article on my Uncle was not printed until March 22nd, and it told of a ceremony at the Mi Vida mine in Lisbin Valley, where Mark Steen scattered the ashes of his dad and his mother. Mark has kept my mom and her brother apart for the past 2 and a half years! And didn't have the decency to let her know that her only brother had passed away! I could write a book, but I won't here! : )
I just wanted to thank you for putting my uncle on your page, and let you know that I have enjoyed your storys and pix of Cisco! This is really cool and I am going to tell lots of people about it. I hope they will leave comments for you, can't get 'em to do it at my yahoo 360 page!
Thanks for all the interesting things on here! I'll be back to see it evey once in a while!
God Bless ~

I am a blogger, just not here, at yahoo 360 so that's why I marked other! I'm kinda new at this!

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