From The Easter Island Project, a multidisciplinary, participatory sprawl spanning 2007–2013 in various locations. These images were shot on Rapa Nui, Chile, also known as Isla de Pascua or Easter Island, in 2010.
Top left: “Alaska.” Collaged stone made for the project by participant and photographer Cristina Seely. Photographed at Rano Raraku, the volcanic crater known as the cradle of the moai (you can see a moai in the background). The statues were hewn in situ on this mountain quarry, then moved to ahu altars throughout the island. The means by which the Rapa Nui people, descendants of the Polynesians who originally colonized the island, managed to move these enormous stone monuments has been the subject of much controversy and intrigue.
Top right: “Yes.” Painted bone wrapped in red velvet, tied with a red cord. Made for the project by a Portland participant. Photographed at Hanga Vare-Vare.
Mid left: Stop-motion animation still featuring fruit from a local tree, and ceramic work made for the project by participant and artist Sequoia Miller, at a performance and ritual in the ruins of Battery Vicar, Fort Worden near Port Townsend, Washington. Photographed at Anakena Beach. This is the same beach where the Polynesians first discovered the island, led by their king Hotu Matu'a. They arrived at Anakena in a double-hulled canoe; some researchers place the date between 600 AD and 800 AD, but I’ve read some earlier dates and some much later.
Mid right: Video installation still. Ritual at Ahu One Makihi.
Low left: Stop-motion animation still. Skull-and-nut sculpture (visible on orange cloth) created for the project by participant and painter Nancy Boulmay. Photographed at Aho O Rongo.
Low right: Handmade paintbrush made for the project by a participant at our gathering at Studio-Current, Seattle. Photographed before the lone, squat moai at Ahu Ature Huke up the hill on Anakena Beach.