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Colossus of Rhodes To Be Rebuilt As Giant Light Sculpture

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the seven-great-projects-of-the-world dept.

Technology 39

The people of Rhodes will once again be able to gaze upon one of the world's seven ancient wonders with the help of East German artist Gert Hof, and international funding. Like the original, the new Colossus will adorn an outer pier in the harbor area of Rhodes, and be visible to passing ships. Unlike the original Colossus, this one will be made of light. "We are talking about a highly, highly innovative light sculpture, one that will stand between 60 and 100 meters tall so that people can physically enter it," said Dr Dimitris Koutoulas, who is heading the project in Greece. "Although we are still at the drawing board stage, Gert Hof's plan is to make it the world's largest light installation, a structure that has never before been seen in any place of the world."

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HoHoHo (3, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798145)

What do you have if you're holding one large green ball in each hand?

A helluva hold on the Jolly Green Giant!

Re:HoHoHo (3, Funny)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798173)

What do you have if you're holding one large green turd? You got Idle!

Re:HoHoHo (1)

laptop006 (37721) | more than 5 years ago | (#25800287)

Or a happy hulk?

Carbon offsetting (3, Interesting)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798229)

The energy demands for this thing must be huge. I wonder how they are offsetting the carbon.

Re:Carbon offsetting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25798315)

I hear they plan on saturation-bombing Southern California with pine cones so saplings will grow from the ashes of former celebrity homes.

Re:Carbon offsetting (1)

citizen_senior (1372475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25800473)

Explosive pine-cones ?

Re:Carbon offsetting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25800655)

Forgive me. Too topical, regional, and perhaps tasteless for /.

Southern California is on fire right now, literally. It has been for a a few days now, actually. Celebrity homes are being destroyed and evacuated (but not necessarily in that order).

Also, the heat from forest fires are what burst some types of pine cones open to release the seeds within onto the ground.

Also, trees take carbon dioxi.....oh, I'm sure you don't need me to explain that part of the joke to you.

Re:Carbon offsetting (5, Funny)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798387)

It is green.

Re:Carbon offsetting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25798389)

Rhodes Scholarships, of course!

Re:Carbon offsetting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25799081)

offsetting the carbon? THIS IS GREECE, MAN! We don't offset the carbon, and also, we burn a couple of our forests every summer just for good measure! (sadly, I'm serious)

Re:Carbon offsetting (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25799709)

Closing the borders for tourists would surely save some energy ;)

Re:Carbon offsetting (1)

SputnikPanic (927985) | more than 5 years ago | (#25802071)

Sadly, I know you're serious. I was in Greece two summers ago when the fires there were making international headlines. I drove by a few mountainsides that were completely black and in some cases even still smoldering from recent fires. IIRC, a developer intentionally set at least one of the fires, which ended up getting massively out of control, in an attempt to bypass some laws that prevented development of forested land. At least the authorities got the bastard. I wonder how he feels now, knowing that his greed ended up getting people killed.

Re:Carbon offsetting (2, Interesting)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#25799693)

You can't offset it, if you do anything about it that thing could had been done anyway so ..

Who cares, it's not like it will make a huge difference compared to all other light sources, also how much energy would be consumed to build the same thing in concrete or whatever? + lighting that one up, maintenance, so on.

Re:Carbon offsetting (3, Funny)

stinerman (812158) | more than 5 years ago | (#25799697)

The extra commerce they get for each square that already produces one will undoubtedly be used to research Ecology, which will allow them to build a Solar Plant. No need to worry about pollution.

Re:Carbon offsetting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25799769)

With the +1 Trade they get on each square, they'll be able to afford it

eat germany... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25798233)

east german artist?
please the guys have been reunited for 18 years now!!!!

Re:eat germany... (1)

siddesu (698447) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798491)

And since the Electricity has also been invented, Greece won't get a trade increase either. Kinda like the Olympics.

Re:eat germany... (1)

citizen_senior (1372475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25800587)

Eat Germany ? Nope, not just at the moment, I just had a good lunch - please excuse me. As for the eighteen year bit ... did you visit Germany this last little while ? I get to visit several times a year. Believe me, there is seperation of the body - like with a wall down the middle, and you're right the wall has been down for a moment. But there is also seperation of the mind-set ... comes from two differant methods of education. This seperation is still alive and kicking in both East and West Germany and we need to be careful with it

Re:eat germany... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25801335)

Eat Germany ? Nope, not just at the moment, I just had a good lunch

If you were still Hungary, I'd offer you a slice of Turkey fried in Greece.

Hmmm (3, Insightful)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798373)

What a great way to spend 200 million euros, a statue without physical presence. Why not spend another 200 million on a companion piece in Alexandria of a lighthouse with no luminous parts?

Re:Hmmm (4, Funny)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798421)

> Why not spend another 200 million on a companion piece in Alexandria of a lighthouse with no luminous parts?

"Behold! The darkhouse of Alexandria!

Re:Hmmm (3, Funny)

redscare2k4 (1178243) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798789)

Maybe we should send them some caravans to speed up the process :P

Re:Hmmm (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25799659)

Maybe we should send them some caravans to speed up the process :P

It's about time Civilization entered the world of internet memes. Thank you my friend.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25800233)

>What a great way to spend 200 million euros, a statue without physical presence. Why not spend another 200 million on a companion piece in Alexandria of a lighthouse with no luminous parts?

There are some people in Middle-East working with a project that has cost only 3000 times as much as this proposed statue.

Re:Hmmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25802145)

They get +1 commerce on all ocean squares, thats worth it. Especially when the city has a bank and a marketplace.

Open Source! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25798377)

I hope they are going to create it after this [youtube.com] .

Innovative? (1)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798379)

We are talking about a highly, highly innovative light sculpture, one that will stand between 60 and 100 meters tall so that people can physically enter it

I think there's prior art. [wikipedia.org] on the idea of tall hollow lit-up things that people can visit the inside of...

Re:Innovative? (2, Funny)

GrpA (691294) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798415)

I think there's prior art on the Statue of Liberty...

Oh yes, It's the Colossus of Rhodes.

Re:Innovative? (1)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798443)

Hmm, touché...

Energy demands (1)

madbawa (929673) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798711)

I hope they use hydro electricity to drive the energy demands for this thing.

Re:Energy demands (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25800327)

Maybe you should start by selling your V8.

eh? Made of light? (1)

marcushnk (90744) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798765)

So.. it's a hologram?

A giant solid light hologram... now _that_ would be impressive...

Re:eh? Made of light? (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798967)

A giant solid light hologram... now _that_ would be impressive...

At least it goes to show that America doesn't have a total monopoly on tackiness...

Re:eh? Made of light? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25801033)

I thought Europe with all the socialist nations held the patent on tackiness anyway...

Re:eh? Made of light? (1)

Merls the Sneaky (1031058) | more than 5 years ago | (#25798995)

First you have to convert your light bee from soft light to hard light.

The Eiffel Tower and other tourist traps. (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#25800603)

"Monumental works can't be copied for the simple reason that they risk becoming caricatures," insisted Hatziefthimiou.

I thought becoming a copied caricature was the point. You know, so people say, "I want to see the real deal before I die"?

Bet they copyright it . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25801717)

After all, it'll be "new art" ...... right?

The emperors new statue.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25802209)

$200 million Euros.. for a set of light bulbs.. hope they're energy efficient ones at least!!

The last Colossus lost a foot (1)

GreenSwirl (710439) | more than 5 years ago | (#25806403)

Once it is done, do not let Ben Linus go down to the basement.
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