Dear John Legon, April 18th 1979
I have not been altogether open
Then, if the apex shared the same vanishing point as the ground corners, he would probably give a toothless grin and start digging on that spot. But such efforts are carefully frustrated, because the pyramids' vanishing point does not fit a straight line, but instead, a set of circles. In order to discover the pyramids' vanishing point, one has to be civilized enough to do a complete survey of the pyramids, (such as the one done by Petrie) in order to complete a formula for a vanishing point. Any three points make a circle if they are not aligned. Fortified with this idea, I proceeded to attach my map of the pyramids on the floor of my studio and attacked it with various instruments - compass, rulers, steel wire and needles - to see if the three points - S.E corner, N.W corner and apex would coincide on the ground.
I have now done the diagram twice and although I realize it has to be done mathematically (Thanks for the info I asked for), both times the apex has intersected the ground within 3 meters of error. Now, if the raising of the plateau of the Kefre Pyramid was not to be taken into account (I'll try that too), and if the mathematical survey comes closer to intersecting....I needn't tell you what the possibilities of an intersection on a 3d level occurring by coincidence are...
If my inquiries are favorable (They'll be better than
my spelling) would you be interested in confirming of
disproving my findings?
1.) Note the distance of the diameters of the circles in cubits for any coincidences.
2.) See if the positions of the center of the circles 'ring a bell' in relation to each other.
3.) If things look good, we publish and start digging (I suggest a drill and a camera.)
...or you could take the whole thing with a pinch of salt and relax - I'll tell you what I find out, for better or worse. By the way, I'm an artist; I live off my own work; got an M.F.A. in art 2 1/2 years ago. I'm British, but lived most of my life in Copenhagen, Mexico and the four past years, in the U.S. I speak fluent Danish, but my English spelling suffered - I didn't learn how to write English until the age of 16....
Please write if you are interested,