Easter Island covers roughly 64 square miles in the South Pacific Ocean, and is located some 2,300 miles from Chile’s west coast and 2,500 miles east of Tahiti. Known as Rapa Nui to its earliest inhabitants, the island was christened Paaseiland, or Easter Island, by Dutch explorers in honor of the day of their arrival in 1722. It was annexed by Chile in the late 19th century and now maintains an economy based largely on tourism. Easter Island’s most dramatic claim to fame is an array of almost 900 giant stone figures that date back many centuries. The statues reveal their creators to be master craftsmen and engineers, and are distinctive among other stone sculptures found in Polynesian cultures.
There has been much speculation about the exact purpose of the statues, the role they played in the ancient civilization of Easter Island and the way they may have been constructed and transported. However, we know exactly how the SS Moai’s were constructed. Tim Frazier, Lead Trainer at The Stamp Store, started with a large piece of styrofoam and began cutting out the faces. After he got them like he wanted, he covered the figures with SS Concentrated Liquid Polymer and then SS Vertical Mix. The coloring was done with SS Vertical Color Dark Brown and Black.
These enormous stone busts–known as moai average 13 feet high, with a weight of 13 tons, were carved out of tuff (the light, porous rock formed by consolidated volcanic ash) and placed atop ceremonial stone platforms called ahus. It is still unknown precisely why these statues were constructed in such numbers and on such a scale, or how they were moved around the island.
See a quick video of Moai in the Making