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The Mysterious Cones of the Egyptian Desert

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 01:03 PM



A landing strip for alien craft or an ancient monument? The mysterious giant spiral in the Egyptian desert baffling Google Earth users (but don't worry - it's actually an art installation)





Not exactly 'ancient' but they sure do make good examples of envirnment and erosion through time!


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#2 Jesse Jimmie

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 01:15 PM

They spent from 1995 to 1997 working on Desert Breath, relocating 8,000 square meters of sand to create what we see here. The curves of the two interlocking spirals are dotted with cones that create both positive and negative shapes, as some point up towards the sky while others extend below the surface. Everything radiates from its center, a vessel of water filled rim to rim. All told, this massive and impressive project covers 100,000 square meters (about 1 million square feet).
Although it's been 17 years since the project's completion, Desert Breath still remains. Just like the conical sands that form when you turn over an hourglass, it too illustrates the passage of time, as wind and other elements reintroduce it to the surrounding landscape



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To Cluck or not to Cluck, that is the question...

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