Moai Stonemai stone
The statues, called Moai, represent a head with huge impressive eyes and cut-off torsos.
Giant Moai rocks from Easter Island are exhibited at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.
The Polynesian Easter Isle of Captain Cook is perhaps best known for Moai, the large stone sculptures cut from the ashes of extinguished volcanos 300 to 900 years ago. Over 800 of the jagged beauty showing on the knees as they were enumerated in a trial that would take several inhabitants of the islands up to a year to finish on the isle and in the collection of the Musée.
"There were only two moai in the UK, the British Museum and Marton before this exhibition," says Dr Ian Conrich, Fellow at the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex and trustee of the work. "The stone sculptures of Easter Island have long been a favourite attraction that reaches far into the cultures of other states.
"We bring together scientists from a variety of fields, among them the fields of culture, languages, anthropology, social sciences and internat. The stone head, up to 10 feet high, is combined with an existent Tutira stone, which has been in front of the building since its creation in 2008. The sculptures are accompanied by hundrets of images, artefacts and interactivity created by co-curators from Nottingham Trent University, the University of London and their colleagues from New Zealand's University of Otago, the University of New South Wales and Easter Island explorers, where the show will take place in May 2012.
Senior Museums Curator at the Birthplace Museum, Phil Phil Philo, says the center's "leading role" in the challenging exhibit is part of a quest to keep Capt. Cook's unbelievable spirit of exploration intact. "In 1774, Capt. Cook came back to Easter Island with some of the early and most important reports about Easter Island and its inhabitants," he observed.
"We interpret Captain Cook in a new and extraordinary way to show his importance and importance today. The show presents more contemporary objects influenced by the Easter celebration tradition.