a view down from the upper trail
remember most of the body is in the soil
a broken statue down the slope, he did not make it far
we are on our way
an unfinished moai in the rock
this is Tukuturi, the kneeling moai
At the Rano Ranaku
quarry you can admire moais in every phase of their production process.
Still attached to the rock are
several unfinished carvings, maybe abondoned because the craftsmen encountered hard rock or cracks. One of them is a real giant with
a length of almost 22 meters that would have weighed in at 270 tons.
Scattered on the south slope you find moais standing,
hanging or lying around in an utterly disorderly fashion. Sculpting was a commercial business and moais were made in
advance so customers could make their pick.
A stranger in the pack is the kneeling moai Tukuturi
with more human features
like arms and a beard. It is made from the red tuffstone from the Puna Pua quarry for the pukao headdresses. How he ended
up here and for what purpose is lost in the mist of time. Tuku was dug up in 1956 by Thor Heyerdahl
and his team.
of the moai's body is hidden, after detachment from the rock the statue was lowered on a ramp into a pit to put him upright and
finish the carving. Over time nature filled the pit.
This quarry sure is an intriguing place.
the Rano Raraku quarry seen from the road
an excellent place to have lunch and enjoy the view. But we move on
the unfinished 22 meter giant has a name: Te Tokonga
notice the hands of the lying moai in front