In the ultimate tribute to a partner, Pedro Martin Ureta honored his deceased wife’s wishes and cultivated an immense tree garden into an aerial delight – a guitar. Shortly after marrying Mr. Ureta, Graciela Yraizoz saw a shape while flying over the pampa. That’s when she came up with the idea of creating a guitar. Mr. Ureta put her off. After she died suddenly in 1977, he began seriously thinking about the request. It took a lot of painstaking work, but the two-thirds mile-long creation is now a marvel for all to see as they fly over the area.
- In what ways does the work represent the basic elements in the textbook definition of motivation?
- From the standpoint of needs, what level of motivation does this accomplishment represent?
- Using Acquired Needs Theory, how would you classify Pedro Martin Ureta’s motivation?
SOURCE: M. Moffett, “Maybe Graciela Sees It From Heaven, This Huge Guitar Made of Trees,” Wall Street Journal (Retrievable online at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703859304576307251804750800.html)