The Giza Pyramids no doubt held great symbolic significance for ancient Egyptians of all periods. And now these ancient wonders continue to serve as a ceremonial backdrop for events and ideas of all types. 

Participants take part in a human chain around the Great Pyramidof Khufu. More than 1500 students, teachers and parents from 50 nationalities formed a circle that symbolized peace in the world. (Photo: Nasser Nasser, AP)

Participants take part in a human chain around the Great Pyramidof Khufu. More than 1500 students, teachers and parents from 50 nationalities formed a circle that symbolized peace in the world. (Photo: Nasser Nasser, AP)

Whether it is the international symbol of community pictured here, a performance of the opera “Aida,” an international squash tournament, the Pharaoh’s race car rally, or a protest using garbage in new and creative ways (see below), it seems the Pyramids as “stage setting” always helps to carry the message farther throughout the world.

An army of "trash people" in front of the Pyramids; an installation by artist HA Schult (May 15, 2002).

An army of "trash people" in front of the Pyramids; an installation by artist HA Schult (May 15, 2002).

Peter Der Manuelian

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