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  • Photograph by Andy Anderson: “These camels were herded in our direction in the morning of a desert campout east of Abu Dhabi. We stood and watched on a dune ridge.”
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

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  • Photo: Karim Sahib, AFP/Getty Images.  Camels, 170 kilometres west of the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Flipboard.com
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

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Notes:

  • Photo: Karim Sahib, AFP/Getty Images.  Camels, 170 kilometres west of the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Flipboard.com
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

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  • Photo: wsj.com (Feb 24, 2017, A man walks with his camels across the Hameem desert, about 100 miles west of Abu Dhabi. Karim Sahib, Agency France-Presse)
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

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  • Men and camels, lower right, are dwarfed by the sand dunes in the Liwa desert about 150 miles west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. (Karim Sahib, Agency France-Presse: wsj.com Photos of the Day January 6, 2017)
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  • Source – Omar Alkendi (Taking a break in the desert)
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Mastaba Project

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Mastaba, a project for Abu Dhabi, will be the largest sculpture in the world, made from 410,000 multi-colored barrels to form a mosaic of bright sparkling colors, echoing Islamic architecture. The Mastaba is an ancient and familiar shape to the people of the region. The Mastaba will be 492 feet high, 738 feet deep at the 60 degree slanted walls and 984 feet wide at the vertical walls. The top of The Mastaba will be a horizontal surface 416 feet wide and 738 feet deep. (Note that an American football field is 360 feet long x 160 feet wide!)  The colors and the positioning of the 55-gallon steel barrels were selected by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1979, the year in which the artists visited the Emirate for the first time. The Mastaba will be Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s only permanent large-scale work.”

Excerpts from Barbara Rose’s interview with Christo in the Interview Magazine:

CHRISTO: The Mastaba will be the most expensive because it will be the biggest sculpture in the world. It’s bigger than the Pyramid of Cheops. It is two avenue blocks by three city blocks and 500 feet tall. But you need to image what it will look like in the desert, with slanted walls, like the pyramids, so you can only see the one side when you look at it. It will be like the biggest stairway to heaven—a 500-foot-tall stairway.

CHRISTO: It will be the most expensive sculpture in the world. It costs maybe $350 million. We pay for it all ourselves. This is why we’re totally independent. I don’t ever do commissions. All projects are initiated by me. Curiously enough, it costs exactly the same amount as if we built the Eiffel Tower today. [Read more…]

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