For those of you who aren’t familiar with this part of the world, Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah State and it is a fast growing city on the waterfront. Land right in the centre of the city must surely be at a premium, because there isn’t all that much flat land between hills and sea.
And yet, in the heart of prime real estate, there is a large vacant lot, littered with, um, pipes driven into the ground. They are, in wet weather, filled with stagnant water. I can’t find any reference to this place in any guide book…
So I have decided one of the following is probably true:
- It is an artwork done by an artist of such renown that no one dares to use the land for anything else.
- It is an experiment to work out how fast you can kill off the population by using dengue fever (the vector of which loves small pools of stagnant water).
- It is a building site, started by a drunken architect and a drugged pile driver who a) couldn’t put the piles in a straight line and b) couldn’t decide how far to drive them into the ground.
- It’s an example of what happens when you drive piles in too far into the ground in, say, Buenos Aires.
- It was an experiment to get rid of those weeds (Australian acacias) that you can see in the pix, and it went horribly wrong. The trees thrived and the pipes died.
- They are rubbish bins for people of differing height. After all, many of them appear to be filled with rubbish.
- They are all that remain of a clandestine landing of aliens.
- They are aliens and we haven’t woken up to that fact yet.
So, while I wait for a Sabahan to enlighten me in the comments section, those are my theories…