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An Eye-Opening Look Into Classrooms Around The World E-mail
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What began as a quiet photography project in Northeast England quickly developed into a worldwide photojournalistic commentary on the 500 year old institution of in-classroom education. From Ethiopia to Yemen to Russia to Missouri, when we look at the classrooms featured in this wonderful photo series, we aren’t just viewing desks and chairs. We’re looking at the future. In his portraitures, Germain made sure not to tell the students how to “be” or have the classroom pre-arranged to fit a specific vision, nor did he break a school’s time tables. When asked if a particular encounter stuck out to him, Germain cited a visit at a school in Yemen. Upon arriving, Germain asked a Yemeni boy if he liked school, and the child responded with an enthusiastic, so-obvious-it’s-not-even-funny “of course”. Said Germain to the interviewer, “His response was just so different from that of any child from a developed country where school is routine. It’s very simplistic, but in so many ways, we rich folk just don’t know how lucky we are, do we?”

An Eye-Opening Look Into Classrooms Around The World

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Epic Sahara Desert Art Installation E-mail
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Epic Sahara Desert Art Installation

Epic Sahara Desert Art Installation Still Exists After 17 Years And Is Visible From Google Earth

The word “epic” is thrown around a lot these days to describe art or other media that people like. If you want a good idea of what “epic” really looks like, however, you need to see Desert Breath, a truly epic art installation near the Red Sea in Egypt. 17 years after its completion, this mystical desert spiral is still clearly visible on Google Earth.

The work, by D.A.S.T. Arteam, is of truly epic proportions – between 1995 and 1997, 8,000 m3 of sand were displaced to create an art installation that occupies 100,000 m2 of desert between the Red Sea and a range of ancient volcanic mountains in Egypt’s Eastern Desert region. It consists of a massive spiral of cones and pits that spiral out of a central pool of water. As the walking viewer approaches the center, the gradually smaller cones will make the viewer will feel as though they’re growing larger.

The team of artists consists of installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantinides. 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,” explains the team. “In our mind’s eye the desert was a place where one experiences infinity.”

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