These Pyramids Are Part Of A Massive Art Installation. When I Saw It From Above, My Jaw Dropped

The Sahara is the third largest desert in the world, and covers around 3.6 million square miles completely with sand. Despite these harsh conditions, however, the Sahara is home to a huge variety of exotic animals, as well as many different cultures. Now, thanks to a collaborative effort by two architects, Stella Constantinides and Danae Stratou, and an industrial designer, Alexandra Stratou, the Sahara also features one of the largest art installations in the world.

The piece is called Desert Breath, and took over 2 years to complete.

Located just outside of the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt, it covers over 1 million square feet of desert.

It’s hard to believe that such a huge installation is made entirely of sand.


The installation was completed in March of 1997.

Although it is slowly disintegrating, the monument is still standing, 18 years later. 

The work contains 89 cone shaped hills, crafted from the sand of the 89 cone shaped holes.


Over 85,000 square meters of land were used to make the hills.

At the center of Desert Breath is a huge basin that was once filled to brim with water, but it has since dried up.

From the sky, the pattern that the series of hills and holes creates looks incredibly beautiful.

Credit: Colossal | Photography: D. A. ST. Arteam 

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