Chrome OS Wallpaper Spotlight: Earth 188

Chromebook owners know that many of the default wallpapers are satellite imagery taken from all over the world. I recently had someone reach out for additional information on one of the wallpapers and what I found was pretty awesome.

The photo below is of an art installation in the Egyptian desert that was created in March of 1997 called Desert Breath.

“Located between the sea and a body of mountains at the point where the immensity of the sea meets the immensity of the desert, the work functions on two different levels in terms of viewpoint: from above as a visual image, and from the ground, walking the spiral pathway, a physical experience”

"The work uses precise positive and negative conical volumes of sand (i.e. mounds and holes) to create two interlocking spirals that emanate from a common center. Desert Breath is slowly disintegrating since the sand is blowing off the cone-shaped hills – a element noted by the creators to symbolize the “passage of time.”

"The spiral’s center, which was once a bright blue lake, has dried up along with other features that have been swept away by the winds."

You can read more about this piece at the article below, or find it on Google Maps at the second link below.


http://www.ibtimes.com/desert-breath-seen-google-earth-mysterious-spiral-egypt-symbolizes-passage-time-photo-1558094

https://www.google.com/maps/place/27%C2%B022'54.6%22N+33%C2%B037'48.5%22E/@27.3818306,33.6279391,814m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en

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