Monday, January 28, 2013

Video: Andrew Rogers' Geoglyphs

This YouTube video focuses on the geoglyphs of Andrew Rogers in Bolivia. When Bolivian authorities invite Rogers to create geoglyphs on their land, he scouts out the area for local symbols and culture and then begins plotting out his designs. The land is blessed first by a religious figure. This is land art that comes with many permissions from the native people.

A unique aspect of Rogers' construction is hiring teams of locals. From my research I've learned he pays double the going rate, and pays women equally (a rarity). As you can see from this video, the Bolivian assembly line of women are laughing and chatting as they work. After completing the geoglyphs high in the Andes Mountains, there is a cultural celebration with music and dancing. These geoglyphs are more than an art project, they're a cultural experience and microcosmic industry.

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