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Feb 9 / Dave Schumaker

Mysterious Cones in the Egyptian Desert

In 1997, Greek artist Danae Stratou and the group DAST completed a work in the Egyptian desert called, “Desert Breath.” It was a series of cones and pits carved into a spiral shape.

ON MARCH 7 1997, THE CONSTRUCTION OF “DESERT BREATH” WAS COMPLETED.
AT SAME MOMENT THE WORK WAS TURNED OVER TO THE FORCES OF NATURE,
TO BEGIN THE SLOW PROCESS OF ITS ABSORBITION,
BY THE LANDSCAPE THAT GAVE BIRTH TO IT.
THE SYSTEMATIC DOCUMENTATION OF THIS PROCESS
IS AS IMPORTANT TO “DESERT BREATH”
AS THE DISPLACEMENT OF SAND THAT WAS USED TO CREATE IT.

THE INSTALLATION BECOMES THROUGH ITS SLOW DISINTEGRATION,
AN INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE THE PASSAGE OF TIME.

Check it out in Google Maps.

[via io9]

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