Filed under: Trip to Egypt | Tags: architecture, Brad Feinknopf, COSI, Egypt, photographer, responsibility, treasures
Guest Author: Brad Feinknopf, Photographer
On day one, I was dealing with the shock to your system that one is no longer in the United States and that you have arrived in a very different culture, with different customs, climate and etiquette.
On day two, I was at the Pyramids of Giza and all I could think was, “Wow, I am standing at the Pyramids of Giza”.
But in day three, I had an epiphany. I have been given a tremendous opportunity. A once in a lifetime opportunity but, with that opportunity comes great responsibility. I am seeing first hand what many of the people who attend the exhibit will never see first hand and even if they travel to Egypt, they will never be given the access to many of the closed tombs and sites to which I am being given access. Therefore, it is my obligation, to those 10s and possibly 100s of thousand of people who may come to this Exhibit, to be their eyes and see for them first hand, so they can see second hand what amazing treasures exist in this great land of Egypt.
I relish the opportunity but understand the importance of what I am doing and want to make sure that when the job is done, that it is a job done well.
Filed under: Trip to Egypt | Tags: 2650 BC, architecture, COSI, Giza, limestone, Lost City, mer, pyramid
The world fears time. Time fears the pyramids. These monuments have defeated time. Built in 2650 BC during the “Old Kingdom” 4th Dynasty, these colossal structures reach 481 feet, use 2 million blocks of limestone, and weigh 2.5 to 15 tons per block. They cover 13 acres of land, built entirely on bedrock.
The architecture is flawlessly built at a 52-degree angle, with all 4 sides nearly equal, and the skillfully cut blocks each absorbing pressure from the layers above it. The word pyramid is actually Roman. The original Egyptian word is “mer” meaning “ascending to heaven.” And when you stand in their shadow, touching the cold 5000-year-old limestone, you truly feel like they could reach the sky.
Giza Plateau Panorama Video
At the Base of the Giza Pyramid Video
Interviewing Ana will be the highlight of my trip. She was eloquent, conversant, and the camera loved her. We asked her questions about the process of archaeology, the Field School, the Lost City, careers in archaeology, conservation / preservation, sustainability, her own goals and aspirations, and on and on. It was a remarkable interview and will result in incredible sound bites for both the exhibit and our media needs.