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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

One Man, One Nation: Artist’s Conceptual Art is Appealing

In this video frame grab taken on June 29, 2013,  Zaq Lansberg stands on acres of land in northwestern Box Elder County, Utah.   Lansberg built his...

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 Zag Landsberg is on an artistic exploration to see how far he can push the concepts of land ownership and sovereignty.

(Photo by Mike DeBernardo/KSL-TV via Deseret News via AP)

Ten years ago he bought a 4-acre piece of land equipped with a supply bunker in a sage-brush covered stretch of Utah backcountry so remote you could get lost looking for it.

In a recent AP interview, Zag (now an ex-New Yorker) said his conceptual goal is for the land to become a sovereign nation. He’s not stupid, and knows the possibility of his little nation – Zagistan – ever being recognized by anyone is slim…to none.

But that doesn’t matter. He has a vision. I think we all should be so lucky to pursue our visions.

Zagistan has a nice looking yellow-and-red flag, official-looking passports and a border patrol gate guarded by a giant robot sentry for the realm according to a KSL-TV report.

The nation’s motto is: "Something from nothing."

I don’t blame Zag for being hesitant about giving out directions to his country. People could get lost looking for it. He pays property taxes to Box Elder County, about 160 miles north of Salt Lake City, though he refers to the payments as tributes.

I enjoy watching people taking less traveled roads in life. I respect anyone who follows their dreams and visions. The world needs more artists and less politicians!

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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