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Egyptian desert spiral turns out to be art

Posted on Wednesday, 26 February, 2014 | Comment icon 16 comments

The spiral as seen from above. Image Credit: Google Earth
A large circular swirling pattern in the sand of the Sahara has been perplexing onlookers for years.
At first glance the outwardly spiraling pattern of impressions and mounds seems more like something you would expect to see imprinted within a Wiltshire wheat field than in the Sahara.

Despite being around for almost two decades the pattern has enjoyed a recent surge of interest thanks to an eagle-eyed Google Earth user who spotted it online. Since then theories about its purpose and origin have been rampant, with Internet users offering suggestions that range from a dimensional vortex to a landing pad for extraterrestrial visitors.

As it turns out however the pattern is, unsurprisingly, none of those things.

Instead it is a complex piece of artwork entitled "Desert Breath" that was created in 1997 by artist Danae Stratou and architects Alexandra Stratou and Stella Constantinides. The team used bulldozers to carefully create the circular mounds and impressions that made up the spiral which covers over one million square feet.

"The work functions on two different levels in terms of viewpoint," the team wrote. "From above as a visual image, and from the ground, walking the spiral pathway, a physical experience."

Source: UPI.com | Comments (16)

Tags: Egypt, Desert

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by psyche101 on 27 February, 2014, 4:43
what does laver have to say about this I expect that he will says that Danae Stratou and architects Alexandra Stratou and Stella Constantinides are no doubt Aliens from heaven. I mean what other options remain................................
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mojohand on 27 February, 2014, 12:48
No human could make a spiral like that.....
Comment icon #9 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 27 February, 2014, 15:44
no landscape geometry could make a spiral like that...
Comment icon #10 Posted by ChrLzs on 28 February, 2014, 11:58
No alien could make a spiral like that. I've met them - they are dumbasses. And besides, they hate round stuff, only do triangles, squares and other straight liney stuff. There, my secret is out. I'm not an alien but I do drink with them occasionally.
Comment icon #11 Posted by stereologist on 28 February, 2014, 19:52
No modern human could make a spiral like that. It's a technique lost long before the Sphinx was built during the ice ages.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 28 February, 2014, 20:16
Comment icon #13 Posted by JGirl on 28 February, 2014, 20:37
well whaddya know.
Comment icon #14 Posted by DumpsterJesus on 28 February, 2014, 21:58
Comment icon #15 Posted by Hida Akechi on 1 March, 2014, 15:57
No human could make a spiral like that..... Okay, if so, why can't humans make a spiral like that?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Calibeliever on 4 March, 2014, 16:16
You're right ... No human being could stack books like this

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