El Gouna, Egypt

Desert Breath


Last March, three Greek artists, Danae Stratou, Alexandra Stratou, and Stella Constantinides (calling themselves DAST, an acronym formed of their first names), completed an ambitious Land Art installation entitled Desert Breath. This project entailed nine months of intense labor and a contingent of some eighty workers, foremen, and engineers equipped both with construction machinery and specially designed wooden and aluminum tools. The chosen site was an austere, sandy plateau between the Red Sea and Egypt’s Eastern Mountains, near a road running from Cairo to Upper East Egypt. Covering approximately one million square feet of desert bordering the sea, the project involved the displacement of some 300,000 cubic feet of sand.

Desert Breath imposes geometric order on a barren landscape. It consists of two interlocking logarithmic spirals—one formed of eighty-nine cones of sand, and the other

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