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Lonely Tiki in S. France (picture)

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In a far corner of France, in the small town of Tarascon-sur-Ariège, not far from the Andorran border, deep in the Pyrénées this lonely Moai awaits to surprise travellers.

The story (from Rapa Nui News Dec 1, 1998):

A travelling exhibit of Easter Island art, developed by a group called ProChile V Region (in conjunction with the Association of Artisans of Easter Island) has recently returned to Chile after visiting Germany, Belgium, and France. The emphasis of the show was on pieces considered works of art, and of great ethnic value. The four artisans that went with the show made a Moai three meters tall and presented it to the city of Tarascon Sur Ariege in France. Another piece was donated to the Volkerkunde Museum in Hamburg, Germany where, in November 1999, there will be an exhibition of Easter Island artifacts.


[ Edited by: templartiki on 2003-12-29 11:40 ]

[ Edited by: templartiki on 2003-12-29 11:40 ]

a rather bemused looking moai at that.


Oui, Oui!

On 2003-12-29 11:52, Johnny Dollar wrote:
a rather bemused looking moai at that.

w/ a clock tower growing out of his head! NOOOO!

great photo/great find!

Fredo Corleone?

Maybe Larry Storch?

Paul Fix, maybe?

Definitely reminds me of somebody.....

i vote for mr. vigoda.

Larry Storch - an extraordinary talent. He's right up there with Charles Nelson Reilly and George "Goober" Lindsey.


Kono posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2003 6:56 PM

Johnny Dollar wins.

Abe's got the correct hands placement. :D

Kono posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2003 7:01 PM

Hey, looking at the pic again...is there a face (eyes, nose, mouth you know the parts) on the "little tiki" or has my fermented cane juice addled brain gone completely 'round the Moai pole?


Excellent work J. Dollar!

Abe is a perfect fit.



I particullarly like the clocks on his hat.

SES posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2003 10:44 PM

Hah! Even looks like it's wearing a beret.
Fish definitely fits the look!
BUT how about Al Bundy?

[ Edited by: SES on 2003-12-30 23:00 ]

thankya very much...

any yeah, Kono, it looks like "little moai" has a Munchian scream going on. but it could be the same effect as the face in the moon

[ Edited by: filslash 2008-09-15 15:29 ]

I was leaning towards Larry Storch until the Abe Vigoda ringer showed up! Look at that mouth! It's identical! Classic!

[ Edited by: filslash 2008-09-17 17:41 ]

Paipo posted on Tue, Oct 24, 2006 8:44 PM

The one in Christchurch is carved from Oamaru limestone and is just outside the pub where we celebrated after our exhibition opening the other week. It's a pretty decent size and quite a nice rendering - I was going to photograph it when I was there again last weekend, but I forgot to take my camera downtown. I will try and get a pic next time I'm over there (which will be soon).
Interesting how Chile has co-opted the moai as their own national icon. From what I understand their history of administering Rapa Nui is less than exemplary.

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