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The Mysterious Moai Of Easter Island by Tom Jacobi
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.
Equipment: Canon
Tom Jacobi
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.

The Mysterious Moai Of Easter Island by Tom Jacobi was photo of the day on Monday, 11th January 2016. You can leave a comment below.



11th January 2016 at 3:22 am

Excellent shot !


11th January 2016 at 5:32 am

Prime World Culture Photo of Abu Tongariki – phantastic.

Laura Milholland

11th January 2016 at 5:39 am

Fascinating, impressive and quite amazing. Thanks for this marvelous photo – and it helps so much to have the girl there so we can have an idea of the size.

Pamela North

11th January 2016 at 6:08 am

Awe inspiring.

Anne Egli

11th January 2016 at 6:52 am

Wow, what incredible statues, and what a great photo of them. Thanks for sharing.


11th January 2016 at 12:45 pm

Very cool shot today!


12th January 2016 at 12:53 am

Impressive image of an impressive subject. Thank you for sharing.

14th January 2016 at 9:56 am

They look huge, amazing structures for a people without modern machinery.

adrian per

31st January 2016 at 10:29 pm

A great photo ! Thanks !

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