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Easter Island Sketchbook: An Artist’s Journey to the Mysterious Land of Giant Stone Statues is the trip of a lifetime seen through an artist's eyes. Over 65 watercolor and ink paintings bring to life a remote and magical place that few people have the opportunity to visit without traveling to Easter Island and Chile. Tour Easter Island, also called Rapa Nui, with author and artist Susan Sternau, and discover the personalities hidden in the faces of the moai of Easter Island, the almost 900 multiton stone statues that line the coast or rest halfburied in an inland quarry. If you’ve ever wondered “how do you get to Easter Island?” this book will answer your question. The Easter Island heads are actually giant statues called moai found everywhere in the dramatic landscapes, volcanic craters, rocky shorelines, and sacred sites and ruins on the island. The moai of Easter Island are presented in a stunning visual narrative that is both personal and universal.
Through a series of finely wrought watercolor and ink paintings, Sternau provides a glimpse of her time on Easter Island. The island, located in the South Pacific, is mostly known for its moai large stone statues that are relics of the ancient Rapa Nui civilization and an air of mystery and isolation seems to linger over the artist's illustrations of them. In Sunset Moai (Tahai), the statue seems regal, as it stands in silhouette, jutting into a vivid yellow and orange sky and seascape. There are also some striking, if tragic, renderings of statues that were toppled or never completed, indicative of the chaotic nature of the indigenous civilization's decline. Sternau also captures some of the island's other vistas: the wild horses of the interior, craggy cliff sides crashing into the water, idyllic beaches, and a church decorated with traditional tablets and images of the Madonna. Sternau's work seems to be the product of keen observation and reflection a record of travels through a vibrant, mystifying landscape.