The Moai statues are definitely very striking!

Travel theme: Moai Sculptures of Easter Island

Moai Statue in front of Fonck Museum, Chile
Moai Statue in front of Fonck Museum, Chile
These Moai are carved out of solid volcanic rock!
These Moai are carved out of solid volcanic rock!

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean  Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. They are undoubtedly the most famous sculptures of Chile and perfect for this weeks’ Travel Theme of Sculptures.

 Almost all the moai statues have overly large heads that are three-eighths the size of the whole statue. It is said that they are chiefly the living faces of deified ancestors.

The production and transportation of the 887 statues are considered a remarkable and physical feat. The tallest moai erected, called Paro, was almost 10 metres high and weighed 82 tons and the heaviest erected was a shorter but squatter moai at Ahu Tongariki, weighing 86 tons.

The heaviest Moai statue weighs 86 tons!!
The heaviest Moai statue weighs 86 tons!!

Though moai are whole-body statues, they are commonly referred to as “Easter Island heads”. This is partly because of the disproportionate size of most moai heads and partly because many are buried to their shoulders.

My first real Moai statue!!
My first real Moai statue!!
The Moai statues are definitely very striking!
The Moai statues are definitely very striking!

Eleven or more moai have been removed from the island and transported to locations around the world. I would have loved to travel to Easter Island to see these majestic statues but unfortunately I didn’t have that opportunity during this visit of Chile.

I got to see my first moai statue at the Fonck Museum, located in Vina Del Mar. This museum exhibits an impressive Moai brought from Easter Island in which stands majestically in the garden by the museum’s entrance.

My second sighting of a  Moai statue was on one of the main streets of Santiago. I don’t know if this is one of the Eleven real Moai statues or a replica but it was still very striking. 

Moai statue standing on one of the main streets of Santiago
Moai statue standing on one of the main streets of Santiago

 

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  1. They remind me of the Dol Harubangs, stone statues I’ve seen on Jeju island, off the southern tip of South Korea! Isn’t it great to see how such beautiful historic structures have stood and survived life that goes around them?! If they could “talk”, oh what things they could tell us they’ve heard and seen along the years!! 🙂 thanks for your post.

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    • It was quite a surprise for me too when I learned that they have taken a couple of the statues off the island. But this gave me the chance to see one up close until I get the chance to travel to Easter Island someday.

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