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A Rapa Nui School Day Exhibit – a Life-size Chess Set

Jul 21, 2020

The incentive for this posting was a real need on my part to smile when thing about the Island right now. These chess pieces were life-size – and visitors could play games with them, a chess set collector’s dream. Obvious from the picture, the Rapanui are very open in depicting the human body, unlike what we are used to with Greek style sculpture They very often depict the male anatomy as shown here – Nan calls it much more interesting. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me at the time, but I would love to have a smaller set carved to match, to add to our carving collection. Would I want this larger set – you bet. Of course, I can only imagine the carrying case(s) it would require – arrrrgh.

As I mentioned in a previous posting, we loved it when we could attend teh outdoor School Day celebrations. It makes for a day of seeing some wonderful exhibits by the various classes, along with performances. The only negative – and don’t we all have them – is my caution to NOT get the popcorn. Butter and sugar instead of butter and salt sent me to the nearest trash can to spit it out. And it smelled so good. When I asked around I was informed that this is quite common in the Southern Hemisphere. Yuck.

As I review the Island exposures for images to add to the folio, there are a number of additions, mostly rejections, and the few inevitable borderline cases. Thus is life. The two images posted here fall in that category. The chess set worked out pretty well, attaining something of a charcoal sketch look that I sometimes like. The second image, another one of those iPhone grab shots, makes the grade for other reasons – if Shakespeare could utilize moments of comic relief in his tragedies, I can certainly interrupt a folio or exhibit of my work with something of the same.

A large carving outside a public building along the coast in town. Here I had fun circling around it with my iPhone camera and taking a shot that I like to call: They Went That Way.

Then there’s always my own favorite, along with the story behind it in The Moon has been Eaten, my Warrior in Stone, from a Tapati Rapanui coastal carving competition HERE – the 12th image on page 3 of the Easter Island folio (in an exhibit it can be amazing how many people miss the point when they pass the image).