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Old 24th February 2014, 07:16 PM   #136726  /  #1
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Desert Breath, Earth Art

Earth art, such as Smithson's Spiral Jetty, is an art form I often like. This piece is breathtaking, and has been there since 1997.

Website has lots of wonderful photos.

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Its name is Desert Breath and it was finished in 1997 by the D.A.ST. Arteam, composed by Danae Stratou (installation artist), Alexandra Stratou (industrial designer & architect), Stella Constantinides (architect). In their own words:

Desert Breath expands in an area of 100.000 m2, in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt. It is a site-specific work that generated out of our perception of the site itself. Its construction consists of the displacement of 8.000 m3 of sand formed so as to create precise positive and negative conical volumes. The conical volumes form two interlocking spirals that move out from a common centre with a phase difference of 180o degrees in the same direction of rotation. The centre is a 30-metre diameter vessel formed in a W-shaped section and filled with water to its rim.

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Old 24th February 2014, 08:00 PM   #136730  /  #2
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http://www.danaestratou.com/projects.../desert-breath
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It's beautiful.

Looks so simple and serene, yet there's complexity in the design and creation.
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I'd love to see it irl. The water basin alone is 30m wide, the scale is huge.
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Old 24th February 2014, 10:45 PM   #136743  /  #5
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So aerial viewing, then. Not keen on the idea of an open light glider, but imagine that'd be the best way to fully appreciate it ...
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Or a hot air balloon .. just drifting over ...
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or walking the spiral.
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Old 25th February 2014, 07:54 AM   #136768  /  #8
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Its breathtaking. I'm curious how they filled it ...
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