I had no idea there was an official Easter Island Statue Project, based in the U.S. in Santa Monica, California.
From the official site:
The Easter Island Statue Preservation Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation established by Johannes Van Tilburg and Jo Anne Van Tilburg. Its principle mission is to support the research, education, and conservation initiatives created by and through the Easter Island Statue Project (EISP). Implicit in this mission is the recognition that our specific research—along with the body of data we have generated and the scientific insights we have achieved—are the main tools required to promote Rapa Nui site preservation and encourage economic sustainability.
The foundation & team is an archaeological study of the Moai statues on Easter Island. While I was aware that the heads had bodies, it seems the team has been excavating the buried statues and has found torsos with petroglyphs (“rock writing”) carved into them as well as some decoration carvings.
The Easter Island Moai have always been an enigmatic icon to me ever since I’ve been a kid.Check out their website to donate to the project, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.