Sunday, August 06, 2006

"Monolithic" pop culture references #3

Ever searching for news about Rapa Nui, this blog's administrator comes across many references to Rapa Nui and its famous moai. Often, these references are quite comical and have nothing to do with the island or the culture of Rapa Nui. Other times, they appear to be speculative, based more on misconceptions than reality, or downright bizarre. Here are some of the more recent references:

San Francisco Chronicle:
Ah, but the similarity in tasks ends with the tools. Jose Mendez's labor of love is a tiki garden, complete with thatched bar, soothing waterfalls, koi pond, firefly lights and Easter Island carved pizza oven.

Sunday Times:
On the front bench, Sheridan remained as still and impassive as he was on most of the trial’s 23 days, an Easter Island statue of brooding vigilance.

Toronto Star:
Whether they were meant to represent spirits of the land, to form an alien landing pad, or simply to be used as local wayfinders, the massive, sculpted heads on Easter Island are international icons that fuse the human figure with the land. Lacking a scale reference, the long-faced forms in Bassiri's work, contrasted against the bright green of the grass of his lawn, could well be mistaken for those Easter Island heads (or at least a long-lost cousin).

Toronto Star:
The mini-civilization of Easter Island, for instance, eventually wrecked its whole ecology for the sake of its statue cult. The last tree came down to put up the last colossus. The bare earth then washed or blew away, leaving hunger, war, and death.

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