Desert Breath | Land Art project | by D.A.ST. Arteam | 1997
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Desert Breath is a Land Art project created by D.A.ST. Arteam. The team was founded in 1995 by: Danae Stratou (installation artist), Alexandra Stratou (industrial designer & architect), Stella Konstantinidis (architect), for the purpose of creating this project.
The project is rooted in our common desire to work in the desert. 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. The point of departure was the conical form, the natural formation of the sand as a material.
Desert Breath expands in an area of 100.000 m2, in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt. It is a site-specific work that generated out of our perception of the site itself. Its construction consists of the displacement of 8.000 m3 of sand formed so as to create precise positive and negative conical volumes. The conical volumes form two interlocking spirals that move out from a common centre with a phase difference of 180o degrees in the same direction of rotation. The centre is a 30-metre diameter vessel formed in a W-shaped section and filled with water to its rim.
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.
To view Desert Breath on Google Earth go to coordinates: 27°22’54.59″N, 33°37’48.46″E or click here
To visit Desert Breath in person you may contact us through this website.
Here are some initial tips: The best way to experience Desert Breath would be for visitors to go from el Gouna or from the main highway and to cross towards the mountains so as to get to the Oasis which is on the foot of the mountain just behind Desert Breath. From there it is possible to hire horses or camels and ask the Bedouins who are at the Oasis and own the horses, (by the way they also make wonderful tea which they offer at the tent), to guide them to Desert Breath. Once you get to the see the cones you can approach and start to follow the spiral pathways by first following either the inverted (negative cones) or the protruding (positive ones) from largest to smallest towards the centre and then outwards again following the other spiral from smallest to largest. This whole journey from Oasis to D.B. and back probably takes about an hour or so in total. The link bellow will take you to the Google map of the area.
The construction of Desert Breath was sponsored in kind by the Orascom development company in Egypt.
Photography and Filming of Desert Breath for any kind of commercial use is strictly prohibited. All rights are reserved and belong to D.A.ST. Arteam
How do they know the paintings are about the area they were painted in and not something they transposed from other artwork and even writing? They assume that.