Google Maps reveals mysterious artwork in Egyptian desert [PHOTO]

Avatar By Andrew McDonald | 7 years ago

According to LiveScience, Google Maps imagery has brought a remarkable piece of art to the attention of viewers around the globe. In the eastern Sahara Desert in El Gouna, Egypt, resides a strange pattern in the desert sand: a pair of interlocking spirals. This is Desert Breath, the land art brainchild of D.A.S.T. Arteam, an outfit founded in 1995 by installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantinides.

According to Danae Stratou’s website, the interlocking spirals of Desert Breath span an area of 100 square meters and required shifting 8 cubic meters of sand to create the positive- and negative-relief cones that comprise the spirals. The piece was originally built in March 1997 with a small 30-meter-wide lake at its center, but Google Maps shows that the lake has since evaporated. Indeed, the entire piece of art itself is slowly eroding, furnishing “an instrument to measure the passage of time”.

Desert Breath resides near the Red Sea and a range of mountains, “at the point where the immensity of the sea meets the immensity of the desert”. The artwork is intended to entice those who view it on two levels, as a striking visual image seen from above and as a physical exercise while walking along the paths of the spirals themselves.

As explained on Danae Stratou’s website, “In our mind’s eye the desert was a place where one experiences infinity. We were addressing the desert as a state of mind, a landscape of the mind.”