Moai at Mounts Botanical
Reconnect with History as the mystery of the Rapa Nui moai comes to Mounts Botanical Garden. Thanks to the vision and gift of Margaret Blume, the Tropical Forest Garden has reopened with the permanent installation of three imposing moai statues, replicas of the iconic monolithic, figures located on Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile. Designed by artist Dennis MacDonald with great attention to authenticity and detail, each statue is made of solid, reinforced, poured concrete and has been stained to create a weathered appearance. The larger moai stands 20 feet tall and wears a “hat” known as pukao, two additional pukao rest on the ground.
Visitors will discover the inspiring story of the moai and the Rapa Nui culture. The tribute is meant to inspire curiosity and to serve as a link to ancient history, art and culture.
This is a permanent exhibit that is included with your Garden admission.