Moai 550



Pedro Atan and Matthew Harding


Carved from an unseasoned radiata pine log






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Pedro Atan and Matthew Harding
Moai, 1998
Carved from an unseasoned radiata pine log
ACT Legislative Assembly internal courtyard, Civic Square, Civic

The figure represents an Easter Island stone Moai and was carved during the 1998 Multicultural Festival as a collaboration between artists from Easter Island and Australia. Moai (or mo‘ai) are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500.

The Moai sculpture was officially presented to the residing Chief Minister of the ACT, Ms Kate Carnell as a gift to all Australians and Canberrans from the Ambassador of Chile, Mr. Jorge Tarud and the people of Easter Island on the 29th February 1998 in the western courtyard of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Please note that this artwork is in a private courtyard. Members of the public can view the artwork from the foyer of the Legislative Assembly.