There are a set of statues, Ahu Akivi, in the center of the Easter island that represent the original explorers. I knew that the picture to make would be of those statues against the stars that the explorers would have used to navigate to and from the island. This picture ties a well known place in the Pacific to the ancient explorers and their ancient map, the night sky. Photographer Stephen Alvarez
Ahu Akivi is an ahu with seven moai on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in Chilean Polynesia. The ahu and its moai were restored in 1960 by the American archaeologist William Mulloy and his Chilean colleague, Gonzalo Figueroa García-Huidobro. Mulloy’s work on the Akivi-Vaiteka Complex was supported by the Fulbright Foundation and by grants from the University of Wyoming, the University of Chile and the International Fund for Monuments. Ahu Akivi also gives its name to one of the seven regions of the Rapa Nui National Park.
The Moai face sunset during Spring and Autumn Equinox; and have their backs to the sunrise during Spring and Autumn Equinox.
Unlike other ahus, the Akivi-Vaiteka Complex is not located on the coast. In contrast to the monumental statuary at other sites on the island, the moai at Ahu Akivi face the ocean.