Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Burj Khalifa

I could hardly do a blog that uses the Earth as one of it's motivations without letting the official opening of the worlds' tallest structure go without comment.

This thing justifies the superlatives. It's, quite simply, one of the greatest architectural feats in human history. While previous record holders out-topped each other by a few metres, this thing kicks them all into touch. If we were talking 100 metre sprints, it would be like someone doing it in about 7 seconds. It's more than twice as tall as the Empire State Building, and serves as a statement just as much as that famous pile ever did.

The whole thing is as much a testement to an accumulation of wealth as it is to engineering ingenuity, but decadent or not, it's still pretty breathtaking.

Google Earth's pictures of it are pretty recent. Only 3 or 4 months old. Here's how it looks. I had to turn it sideways for best effect.

Actually, been thinking about this a bit more. Aren't all the great structures a symbol of power and affluence? The Pyramids? Stonehenge? "We build this huge artefact because we fucking well can!"

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