Giving a Divine Stance to Moai
This take on the Moai features a beautiful example of photography that utilizes a rocky background to draw attention to the figures' almost intimidating standing. Like soldiers, they are lined up in a row and what they are facing can almost be seen as a metaphor. They are facing life, the natural world, the future and who knows what else. It's a moving demonstration that isn't really humble, but rather powerful in a number of ways and the choice of black and white reflects just that. This choice kind of reduces the humanity of the substance in order to consider a divine perspective.
In this souvenir from Chile, there's a wonderful play with light and shadow, which in a way seems to speak volumes of the people who these structures represented. Clearly they saw the regional rock as a representation of capability as well as identity. One can clearly see that they saw that the natural world was in some vital way interconnected with themselves as people. Looking at this picture, one can't help but ponder the unceasing nature of mankind, that so often seeks to conquer and overcome in the face of nature and its corresponding prowess and fortitude.
The Craftsmanship of the People
The artisans proceeded rubbing the source material, which was in 834 pieces, solidified volcanic ash, with pumice. The soft texture of the rock helped the carving, however, it suffered erosion over the centuries. We can assume that this might be one of the reasons why the body of the Moai were buried. The Moai carved from basalt are the ones better preserved. Markings resembling tattoos were found on the surface of the Moai not affected by erosion, mainly wind. Also, some pieces were painted in brown such as the ones found at Hoa Hakananaia.