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The not so Great Wall of China

build a wall using everything China makes in a day
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China makes everything, so the wall would contain a vast array of products, ranging from entire segments of ships to tiny fake chrome plastic components.

The construction would be carried out using the traditional methods of dry stone wall masons, who carefully assess each stone before setting it in place. This ensures stability but also serves to create a type of natural harmony.

I envisage a long, perfectly formed oblong, tapering towards the top with the more massively engineered parts being interspersed with the DVD players, shoes, furniture, toys, tools and all the other general detritus of modern life.

In time the wall would become bound together by opportunistic vegetation and inhabited by birds and other animals.

see links to: Dry Stone walls
Music of Chance (film based on a Paul Auster story)
Temple of Angkor Wat and of course the Great Wall of China

xenzag, Dec 28 2007

Dry Stone wall http://cache.viewim...C33A55A1E4F32AD3138
construction method [xenzag, Dec 28 2007]

Music of Chance http://en.wikipedia...The_Music_of_Chance
wall of debt [xenzag, Dec 28 2007]

Angkor Wat http://www.images-p...red-betty-black.jpg
taken over by vegetation [xenzag, Dec 28 2007]

Great Wall of China http://dl.nlb.gov.s...ll%20of%20China.gif
[xenzag, Dec 28 2007]

Katamari Damacy http://en.wikipedia...iki/Katamari_Damacy
what globaltourniquet said [jaksplat, Dec 30 2007]


       "All in all, you're just another brick in the wall ......."
8th of 7, Dec 28 2007

       I think there should be a wall made entirely from sparkling China.
That'd be great.

       HA! Love it! ("Great Wall of Crap" indeedy.)
I see miles of those glittery fans embedded in the sturdy barrier. (Toss in some fortune cookies for good luck, and I think it's a go!)
blissmiss, Dec 28 2007

       Just watch out for the lead paint.
RayfordSteele, Dec 28 2007

       Why does this idea remind me of Katamari Damacy?
globaltourniquet, Dec 28 2007

       That WAL already exists...mostly scattered in disparate segments across the United States, and populated by newly unemployed small town merchants. In fact, after some rough calculations, it appears that the Sino-American WAL at 29 square miles in total surface area already easily tops the Great Wall's 13 or so.
saxman, Dec 28 2007

       If we're going to isolate nations with giant walls of trash, there have to be better candidates than China. We could completely barricade most of iraq with the trash that Wal-Mart produces in a week
hooande, Dec 29 2007

       Absolutely. Haiti. Walls of voodoo.
saxman, Dec 29 2007

       The way I see it, Polititions could build the great wall of crap in a day according to your calculations [UnaBubba]. (Just Imagine what they could do with seven)
xxobot, Dec 29 2007

       (edit) I unflagged the dry stone wall link image, because it opens ok for me. As for references to Wal-Mart... they don't "produce" anything that I know of. I'm sure 99% of their stock is made in China. That was one of my alternative titles for this idea: i.e. The Great Wal- Mart of China. The Chinese don't just make rubbish - they make EVERYTHING. Own an iPod? guess where it's made? Timberland boots? New Lap-top? The list is endless.
xenzag, Dec 29 2007

       Therefore, not allowing for dessication, dung beetles, // theft // or any growth in China's population, it would take somewhere bewteen 667 days and 798 days to build the Great Wall Of Crap, to the same dimensions as the existing wall.   

       ... Theft? I'm not so sure you would have too much of a theft problem there. I'm not talented enough to find the exact ratio of scat-lovers vs nons without polluting my computer, otherwise I would try and help your theory out a little further.
Bluewraith, Dec 30 2007

       Well, after it's built, it's going to be fairly ugly, but you can always get Microsoft to come along and make it look and smell nice - they're experts on sticking gold leaf on turds ....
8th of 7, Dec 30 2007


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