Photographer's Note

Moai - Vitorchiano - Viterbo

From Vitorchiano, after crossing the Ponte Nuovo and walking along Via Teverina for a short distance, you reach the Moai.
It is a giant statue, six meters high, in peperino stone, which reproduces the anthropomorphic monoliths of Easter Island "I Moai". The work was created in Vitorchiano in 1990 by eleven Maori of the Atan family, originally from Rapa Nui, who came to Italy to promote the restoration of their statues. Given the characteristics of the local stone "il peperino" corresponding to the volcanic stone with which the original moai are made, the Chilean team found it easy and direct to reproduce the monument using the same techniques of construction with axes and stones. This statue represented the only Moai sculpture in the world present outside Easter Island.
On 14 June 2015 a Moai was also inaugurated in Chiuduno (BG), built by 14 indigenous people belonging to the HAKA ARA HENUA group, all Polynesian Maori Rapa Nui from Easter Island.
The statue was made on the occasion of the television program "In search of the ark". The original location of the statue was in the center of Piazzale Umberto I, but in 2007 it was temporarily moved to be exhibited for nine months in Sardinia, in 2008, when it returned to Vitorchiano, it was given its current location on Via Teverina. From a stylistic point of view, the moai is in effect a faithful reproduction of the originals present on Easter Island. Through deep furrows, the Atan have created a monument with hard, simple and linear features, while the bust of the monolith is barely sculpted. On the head the moai wears the Pukapo, a sculpted headdress, made up of two blocks of peperino. The large elongated face of the statue is enriched in detail by the well-defined "Long Ears". The navel, markedly underlined, indicates a symbolic center in being; the hands with very long and tapered fingers, are compostly adherent to the belly, rather prominent. The thumbs, which are also long and tapered, are turned slightly upwards.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18821 W: 130 N: 39741] (212651)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2021-06-25
  • Exposition: f/0.8, 30 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2021-07-10 3:17
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18821 W: 130 N: 39741] (212651)
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