'Desert Breath' An Art Installation In The Eastern Sahara by D.A.ST. Arteam

'Desert Breath' An Art Installation In The Eastern Sahara by D.A.ST. Arteam

In 1997 the D.A.ST. Arteam completed the monumental piece Desert Breath, located between the Red Sea and a body of mountains in the Egyptian desert. The construction works both as a visual image from above and as a spiral pathway from the ground. It consists of 8.000 cubic-meters displaced sand which forms positive and negative conical volumes and describes the shape of “two interlocking spirals that move out from a common centre with a phase difference of 180 degrees in the same direction as rotation.” The centre, a 30 meter diameter vessel, was originally filled with water but as the years pass the piece continuously transforms and becomes one with the infinity of the desert.

"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 construction of Desert Breath was completed in March 1997. Desert Breath still exists becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time."

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