Examples of Political Geist:

Buildings: The Pyramids of Old Kingdom Egypt, c. 2500 BC, and the Great Wall of China are prime examples of art in the service of politics. As is well known, the Pyramids are actually tombs built to house pharaohs - one pharaoh per pyramid. The amount of labor and time involved to construct these monuments is beyond belief.

The Great Wall, built and rebuilt for more than 1000 years, similarly reflects a royal decree to build a wall so long and tall that the nation of China would be impervious to foreign invasion. It remains the only building on earth that can be seen from outer space. These structures reflect the vanity of the rulers who commissioned them and their willingness to engage overwhelming financial resources and tens or hundreds of thousands of workers to construct them. These buildings reinforce political pride and propaganda.