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September 15, 2009

The New Ozymandias


The Hand of the Desert in Atacama
The last thing you would expect to find in the middle of the driest desert on Earth is a a work of art. But that’s exactly what you’re gong to see, if you happen to be traveling through the Atacama Desert, in Chile. The Hand of the Desert (La Mano del Desierto) is an 11-meters-tall sculpture, in the shape of a hand, rising up from the desert. It was designed and created by Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrzabal...

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Posted by Vanderleun at September 15, 2009 1:20 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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On unemployed ex-Presidents...

"Two hours ago, I could have said five words and been quoted
in fifteen minutes in every capital in the world. Now I could
talk for two hours and nobody would give a damn."

--Harry Truman

Posted by: Robert at September 16, 2009 10:08 AM

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