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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

They've got their EYE on you

Next time you're in Baghdad (say maybe sometime in 2012 after the supposed troop withdrawl in 2011) vacationing you might be surprised to see one of the newest EYES sweeping the globe, thats right Baghdad is constructing it's very own giant Ferris Wheel.

"BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq is calling on companies to submit designs to build a giant Ferris wheel in Baghdad—the latest in a string of lavish proposals painting the capital as a leisure friendly city.

The Ferris wheel, dubbed the Baghdad Eye, will soar more than 650 feet over the city and feature air-conditioned compartments that would each carry up to 30 passengers, Baghdad municipal spokesman Adel al-Ardawi said Wednesday."

Researcher Matthew Delooze has done some very interesting writing on the subject [found here]. The following is an excerpt that provides a basic idea of what the symbolic nature of these structures is:

"The pyramid shape was known as the ‘Benben’ to the ancients. The top part of an obelisk (pyramid shape) is known as the ‘Benben Stone’. Briefly, the Benben is symbolic of the marker point where the ancient Sun God RA landed on dry land after being guided there, in a solar boat, by Nun the God of the watery chaos. The pyramid shape represents the very first mound of Earth formed and ruled over by Ra. This Benben or pyramid shape is said to have rose out of the water."

"Symbolically a Ferris wheel on or near water, and one that can be shaped into a pyramid, represents Ra rising out of the watery chaos. The circle symbolises a solar disc (The Sun). The ancients believed everything was created from the chaos which was symbolised by dark waters. The Ferris wheel, or should I say the illuminated symbolism on the Ferris wheel, is over the sea on the pier at Blackpool, therefore the symbolism on the wheel, especially the pyramid shape shown on the wheel below, can be interpreted as the first mound of earth rising from the watery chaos."

Currently under construction: The Southern Star/Australia, The Great Berlin Wheel/Germany, and Beijing Great Wheel/China...


dedroidify said...

Food, justice, oil at decent prices? Screw that! FERRIS WHEELS! We'll give them ferris wheels.

Ok my bet on the Baghdad one is 1 week before it gets blown up.

JB said...

Baghdad as a vacation spot? They're joking, right? "Yellowcake"-flavored snowcones for the kiddies as well.

aferrismoon said...

What is this business with Ferris Wheels. I assume they'll all start spinning at once in some high-tech version of HGWells Time-Machine.

An odd one with Barack as JFK I did a post called TWIN RUNNING-MATES which features the bodyguard who clambered on the back of the freshly-assassinated President's limousine - he's named CLINTON HILL.

By the time baghdad gets rebuilt it'll be in the EU