Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Magic Of The Moai…

Been meaning to post these for quite some time …

Earlier on this year, my housemate of donkey’s years and general all round good chap Mr Poll took off on travelling pursuits around the world for a year. Indeed, you’ve seen one or two of his statue imitations from the trip already.

These ones are a bit special though. I’ve talked on this site before of the beauty that are the Moai statues, located on the tiny landmass that is Easter Island (known locally as Rapa Nui), which you can find bang out in the middle of the huge South Pacific Ocean (as this map handily points out). It is one of the most isolated islands in the world.

Well, Mr Poll had the privilege of visiting Rapa earlier on this year, and, as you can see, he’s sent in some grand photos of Moai mimicry!

He even got some of fellow explorers in on the act. So, hello Steph and thanks for sending the above photo in.

In short, the Moai statues were discovered around 290 years ago on the island. Around 887 have been found. Although disputed, they are thought to be around 500 to 1000 years old. I would write more about these fascinating statues, but Mr Poll has done the job for me…read more about his trip to the island here. I’ve posted some more photos below, but you can see many more on his journal.

It’s great to finally feature some of the most famous statues on this planet on the site. Plenty more to come from Mr Poll’s adventure around South America as well. Bravo!

1 comment:

Ballerina said...

Great pictures!! However, Mr. Poll is MUCH better looking than any of the Moai!.......and younger!