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A Small World, After All

by Lakshmi Kumar

Aerial view of The World, Dubai, October 2005. Courtesy Nakheel L.L.C., Dubai.

Amidst the endless odd endeavors gracing our planet, the art world often stands front-and-center at the vanguard of self-mockery and downright strangeness. Occasionally, however, something comes along to remind us that art enjoys no monopoly on such plays at self-reference, intentional or otherwise. "The World" island resorts off the coast of Dubai are just such a reminder— architectural whimsy at its most humorous and attention-grabbing. Mimicking the seven continents, the islands comprising "The World" each…

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