Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nazca Lines in Peru

The Nazca Lines are ancient geoglyphs found in the Nazca Desert in Peru. These detailed pieces of art are visible in their entirety from above. Mostly depicting animals, birds, and insects, they evoke a sense of wonder simply because the people creating these earthly designs did not have the ability to view them from the aerial vantage point from which they are most striking. The process behind the creation of these early pieces of eco-art were made with the assistance of surveying tools and wooden stakes. To contrast the hues of the lines to the soil around it, the top layer of iron-oxide-coated pebbles were scraped off to expose the chalkier, lighter color of the soil underneath.

Below are a few samples of the many Nazca Line pieces:

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