Contest #863: the Zamiin-Uud border crossing between China and Mongolia

This week, we went to one of the busy border crossings between China and Mongolia. It’s located between the towns of Elian, China and Zamiin-Uud, Mongolia.

The border control station handles vehicular traffic, with the Trans-Mongolian railway also crossing here.

Before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Graham Hedley
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Lighthouse

After the hint:

  • Angie CF

Contest #862: irrigation dam near Mashkaf, Pakistan

In our hunt for challenging locations, I came across this interesting spot. Given that only two players found it this week, I think we succeeded in finding a tricky one.

It’s located just north of the village of Mashkaf in central Pakistan. It is an irrigation dam – to the right looking upstream is the overflow with several irrigation ditches on the left side.

Before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano

Contest #861: the 19th hole at the Legends Golf and Safari Resort, north of Johannesburg, South Africa

The Extrene 19th hole at the Legends Golf and Safari Club, north of Johannesburg, South Africa is one unique hole.

Players are taken up to the tee by helicopter where they tee off on a roughly 400 yard par 3. The drop from tee to green is about 400 yards! A spotter on the ground helps keep track of where the ball goes.

Found before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Graham Hedley
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Angie CF

And after:

  • Phil Ower
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Eloy Cano

Contest #860: the Imperial Map Monument near Kharkhorin, Mongolia

This week we visited another three maps. The Imperial Map Monument commemorates the three empires that settled on the shores of the nearby Orkhon River, near the town of Kharkhorin, Mongolia. The monument consists of a large pile of stones carefully assembled into a cone with nine poles protruding from the top and three colourful mosaics / maps representing each of the empires.

Kharkhorin, known at the time as Karakorum was the capital of the Mongol Empire.

Before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Graham Hedley
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans

After the hint :

  • Angie CF
  • Bas van Limpt

Contest #859: Parque Nacional de Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

This week was the first visit by Where On Google Earth to the country of Equatorial Guinea. The actual location is the Parque Nacional de Malabo in the city of Malabo.

Malabo is the capital of Equatorial Guinea, located on the north coast of the island of Bioko off the coast of Cameroon and to the northwest of the mainland part of the country. The island of Bioko was once known as Fernando Po, named after the first European explorer who visited in 1472.

Before the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield

After the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse

Contest #858: Perceiving Freedom or Mandela’s Glasses, Cape Town, South Africa

This week, we visited Cape Town, South Africa to look for a special set of glasses – those worn by ex-South African President, Nelson Mandela. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the new memorial, titled Perceiving Freedom, stares out at Robben Island, home to the prison where Mandela was incarcerated for nearly three decades. It is meant to draw a connection to Mandela’s time behind bars. As per a statement from the artist, Michael Elion, the sculpture “links us to the mind of a man whose incredible capacity to transcend enduring physical hardship, with unwavering mental fortitude and dignity, transformed the consciousness of an entire country.”

The memorial has not been without controversy. Duane Jethro, writing for Africa is a Country, describes “Perceiving Freedom” as “a pathetic appropriation of commemoration as cover for a commercial promotion. Really, it’s a stunning emetic trigger that suggests that Nelson Mandela is beckoning us from the afterlife to buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, to do our duty for reconciliation and nation-building by consuming this luxury product,” he writes.

Found before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Graham Hedley
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Glenmorren
  • Angie CF
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Gillian B
  • Bas van Limpt

After the hint:

  • The Curiosity

Contest #857: the grasshopper sculpture on the Enchanted Highway, north of Regent, North Dakota, US

Between the town of Regent and north to Interstate 94 in North Dakota, United States, there is a wonderful stretch of highway along which Gary Greff has constructed several large sculptures – the one in the image was the grasshopper, but there are geese, fish, tin people, a pheasant and even Teddy Roosevelt, a US President.

Found before the hint:

  • Glenmorren
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Felix Bossert
  • Angie CF
  • The Curiosity
  • Bas van Limpt

And after the hint :

  • Gillian B
  • Jeather

Contest #856: the Gigantic Head sculptures near Sno, Georgia

In the tiny village of Sno, one artist’s dream to eternalise Georgia’s great poets, writers and kings has re-shaped the landscape.

The sculptor behind the so-called ‘Gigantic Heads’, Merab Piranishvili, wants to create an open-air museum to teach visitors about the nation’s literary, artistic and cultural heavyweights.

Some draw comparisons between Sno and Easter Island or even Mount Rushmore. In reality, this is quite a small-scale project (at least for now), but it’s still very impressive.

Found before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Owers
  • Graham Hedley

After the hint:

  • Angie CF
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Lighthouse

Contest #855: the Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex in Astana, Kazakhstan

The Atameken Ethno-Memorial map is located in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. It was opened in 2018 and consists of a map of the country.

On an area equal to two football fields, there are smaller copies of over two hundred main architectural structures and monuments of Kazakhstan, as well as forests, mountains and hills.

Found before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • hhgygy
  • Angie CF

Contest #853 – “A Christmas Story” Leg Lamp Statue, Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA

In the Movie “A Christmas Story”, the father character enters a contest and wins “a major award”. Unaware of what it is, the family awaits the arrival until this very moment:

Ok, so how did that become this? And why in Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA?

Well, it’s quite a circuitious story.

A professor at the University of Oklahoma Art School, Noland James, was born in Chickasha. At some point in his life, he created a lamp using the bottom half of a mannequin

This lamp sat in his office for most of his teaching career and was a subject of interest for many students, faculty and vistors. Once such “admirer” was later to find himself on the production team for “A Christmas Story” and designed the leg lamp for the movie. Was he inspired by Dr. James’s lamp? No one seems to know, but the city leadership of Chickasha took that info and most definintely ran with it.

Starting in 2020, they started using a giant inflatable leg lamp in their Christmas parade. They used the same inflatable in their “Christmas in July” parade in 2021 and their 2021 Christmas (presumably in December?) parade. Such was the publicity and acclaim, that they decided to erect this monstrosity er, statue in the town square by the old train station.

If you visit this small town 50 or so miles south of Oklahoma City, you can also see Dr. James’ original artwork, at the Grady County Historical Society.

Those who won the “Major Award” by finding it before the hint:

  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Angie CF
  • Martin de Bock

and those who had to settle for a “Minor Award” by finding it after:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower