In light of the announcement yesterday that Somalia is officially a famine zone--again, I feel I should bemoan the luxury of a wealthy man carving his name on his property in letters so large that it can been seen by satellite. However, I find myself admiring the ingenuity and engineering (both from the same Latin root ingen---ingenium innate talent, ingeniare to innovate) of the feat. I was truly impressed on learning that the excavated letters fill with sea water when the tide rises.
Below are 2 articles on Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan who likes to build big things, and now has had built a large nameplate. The online version of the Globe and Mail article has the name upside down, though the print version doesn't. I prefer my nameplates right side up, so I have used the image from the Daily Mail article, which also had a better version of the photo used in the Allvoices article, and so has replaced it.
I wanted to juxtapose the 2 articles below because of the opposite metaphors of peeing one's name in the sand, and carving it. The Daily Mail uses the more neutral "writing". Also from the Daily Mail article, more examples of Sheikh Hamad's personal largesse and philanthropy:
Anything's possible: Hamad, 63, ordered workers to write his giant name in the sand
Hamad dreamed up the idea and had his workmen toil for weeks to craft the enormous piece of sand graffiti. It is not known how much it cost to make.
However, the sheikh boasts a personal fortune second only to the Saudi king's.
Hamad, also known as the 'Rainbow Sheikh', is a member of the Abu Dhabi Ruling Family.
He is understood to have some 200 cars including seven Mercedes 500 SELs painted in different colours of the rainbow which he stores in a giant pyramid.
The Arab sheikh has a taste for doing things on a large scale. He built the world's largest truck - eight times the size of the Dodge Power Wagon, with four bedrooms inside the cabin.
Hamad constructed a motor home in the shape of a giant globe which is exactly 1 millionth the size of the actual earth.
Alongside his lavish displays of wealth he has become a well-known philanthropist in medicine and supplied a complete kidney stone operating theatre to a public hospital in Morocco where he continues to fund its staff.
Using Google satellites, an Emirati sheik makes a name for himself
Globe and Mail Update
Published Wednesday, Jul. 20, 2011 7:03PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Jul. 21, 2011 2:29AM EDT
It’s the oil-sheik equivalent of a boy peeing his name into a snowbank.
Sheik Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a super-rich member of the Emirati royal family, has had the letters of his name excavated into a desert island he owns near Abu Dhabi.
Visible in Google’s satellite view, each letter is half a kilometre high, and the entire word measures more than 1.5 kilometres from start to finish. When the tide rises in the Persian Gulf, water rushes into the coastal calligraphy to form a salt-water canal.
The Arab sheik, worth more than $21-billion, has a penchant for big ideas. Past projects have included the world’s largest truck, a replica of the classic Dodge Power Wagon at eight times the original size, with four bedrooms in the cab. He’s also had constructed a trailer in the shape of a globe at exactly one-millionth the size of the actual planet.
Photo Gallery: Google giants
Carving a name " Hamad " clearly readable by satellite
Sand Carving Name 'HAMAD' Read by Satellites
Abu Dhabi : United Arab Emirates | Jul 21, 2011
By Putu Karya
Carve a name in the sand is probably a common thing done by people when it was playing on a sand beach. However, what if a very large carved names, even visible from satellites?
" Hamad," as five letters clearly visible from satellite cameras at the Al Futaisi Island, Abu Dhabi.
Posts Hamad is the name of the owner of the island. He was a wealthy Arab sheikh named Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan (63).
Hamad said measuring 1,000 square feet, from the letter H to the letter D reaches a length of 2 miles or approximately 3.2 kilometers.
Instead of carving a name in the sand would be quickly destroyed the waves swept away the sea water. Hamad article is actually form the water flow.
Not yet known how the total cost spent Hamad to carve his name with a very great man. However, as reported by Dailymail on Thursday ( 21/07/2011 ), carving a big name that is one dream that is aspired Hamad.
Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan which is also known as " Rainbow Sheikh " is an oil tycoon in the UAE. (RHS )
Putu Karya is based in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, and is Reporter for Allvoices
I shall return to the topic of Somalia--in time for Ramadan zakat plans, and other forms of charitable giving. For now, one can contemplate the idea of a nameplate so large it is visible to astronauts.
Your comments, thoughts, impressions?
Which is your rhetorical preference: peeing, writing, carving? Why?