The walk of the Moaï is no longer an enigma...
The initial plan we had with John Kahn, an american artist who lives part time in easter Island and Part time in NYC, was to fly the Muppets and Puppets characters he created for the Muppet show, over the Moaïs in Easter Island.
Unfortunately the Muppets and Puppets were not ready to fly or walk, not to mention we did not really had the authorization to fly these characters on the archaeological sites of Easter Island!
Fifteen years ago before his first visit to Easter Island, John was already fascinated by the Moaïs, the Giant Statues; he thought they would be a nice addition in his flying circus, so, with a simple photograph of one of these Moaïs he created a 6 meters high inflatable ripstop nylon Moaï structure (to inflate it, he uses a small computer fan powered with a 12 volts battery).
Once he felt in love with Easter island he brought his Pink inflatable Moaï with him, did a few fashion shoot with an italian photographer and then stored it (the moaï, not the photographer) in his garage in Hanga Roa as he did not feel comfortable and did not want to disturb the mana (the spirit) of the statues.
When we visited him and his family late december and found out that we could not fly the Muppets, we thought it would be a fun idea to illustrate the walk of the Moaïs from the quarry where they were sculpted to the Ahu (sacred platform) where they were erected.
The transportation of these 40 tons statues is an enigma that generations of Achaeologists have been trying to solve without any success.
Our efforts in solving this enigma were succesfull as we managed to “walk” the Moaï with a small train of kites ( a Dan Leigh R8 Cruiser and a flow form 16)....
This happened in a field below the Explora Hotel on December 31, 2009 right before happy hour time....
That was fun !!!
Next step it to create a flying Moaï and fly it in Tongariki !!!