Friday, July 25, 2008

Easter Island Mini Golf

Yellow and orange moai statues on a green
Since I recently finished Jared Diamond's book Collapse, I am much more knowledgeable about the giant moai sculptures on Easter Island (Rapa Nui), including the fact that they sometimes had a separate stone on top, which is thought to represent a feathered headdress.

So it was both amusing and off-putting to find these two figures on a miniature golf course in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Although I suppose it's no worse than the way the Greek pantheon is appropriated for everything from tires to amusement parks, or totem poles get used for everything from fireworks stores to home decor.

Poseidon's Rage water park in Wisconsin Dells
Perhaps in the future, crosses will be used to decorate the leisure industries of our descendants, inspiring many a hole-in-one.

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