Easter Island's Silent Sentinels
The Sculpture and Architecture of Rapa Nui
Kenneth Treister, Patricia Vargas Casanova and Claudio Cristino
Narrated by Michael Lenz
Approximately 3.5 hours
Book published by University of New Mexico Press
It may be the most interesting and yet loneliest spot on earth: a volcanic rock surrounded by a million square miles of ocean, named for the day Dutch explorers discovered it, Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722. Here people created a complex society, sophisticated astronomy, exquisite wood sculpture, monumental stone architecture, roads, and a puzzling ideographic script. And then they went about sculpting amazing, giant human figures in stone.
This richly illustrated book of the history, culture, and art of Easter Island is the first to examine in detail the islandís vernacular architecture, often overshadowed by its giant stone statues. It shows the conjecturally reconstructed prehistoric pole houses; the ahu, the sculpturesí platform, as a spectacular expression of prehistoric megalithic architecture; and the Easter Island Statue Projectís inventory of the colossal moai sculptures.
Kenneth Treister , FAIA, architect, photographer, author, and sculptor of the Holocaust Memorial in Miami Beach, Florida, has published in over fifty professional journals, written six books, and produced four documentaries on architecture, including Mystery of Easter Island.
Patricia Vargas Casanova and Claudio Cristino, archaeologists, anthropologists, professors, and founders of the University of Chileís Easter Island and Oceania Studies Centre created the islandís archaeology survey of over twenty thousand archaeological sites and were awarded the international Explorers Club prestigious Lowell Thomas Award (2011) for their lifeís work on Easter Island.
“Superbly illustrated.... A well-written book that offers the subject matter expertise and style of a photo history as well as a source book. Much information is packed into this volume, which covers a long history of discovery, settlement, and art mixed with the mystery of the collapse of a culture that disappeared into the sea, but not without first leaving a spectacular architectural wonder on the land.... This book is recommended to the general reader and to those who wish to know more about spiritualism, art, architecture, and cultural values of another time, place, and people that shroud the mysteries on Easter Island and the ruins at Rapa Nui.”
—Colonial Latin American Historical Review
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