Monday, 11th January 2016
The Mysterious Moai Of Easter Island
by Tom Jacobi
The magical "Ahu Tongariki" on the Easter Island (Chile) offers 15 imposing "Moai" (the statues). It is the largest "Ahu" ever built. It was flattened by a tsunami in 1960 and restored between 1992 and 1995. The monolithic "Moai" were carved out of the rock by the Rapa Nui people between 1250 and 1500 CE. There are 887 Moai known to date, the tallest one is 10 m (32 ft) high. The average height is 4 m (13 ft), the average weight 14 tons. Until today it is still not known how the Rapa Nui people moved them to their final locations. Try to find the girl between the statues to get an idea how big they are.
After working 25 years as a photographer, Tom Jacobi became art director of the German magazine "Stern". During his time there, he also developed the monthly photo magazine "View", was publisher of the quarterly photo book "Stern Photography" and became a member of the German Art Directors Club. After leaving the publishing house Gruner+Jahr, he returned to his roots and photographs his own art projects.