We took Hoa Hakananai’a as our object of focus on Day 2 of The Small Museum. We were really fascinated by his original setting, he would have been buried up to the shoulders (for a while we had him in a make-shift housing) and would have been listening to the constant sound of waves crashing on the rocks of Easter Island.
Luke found a sound file of waves crashing on Easter Island, and Tom recorded the ambient noise that Hoa hears now he is in Room 24 of the British Museum. And using NFC stickers you could play the two different recordings.
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Hoa Hakananai’a would have stood with other giant stone companions, their backs to the sea, keeping watch over Easter island.
What do the waves at Easter Island sound like?
From Easter Island, Polynesia, probably made in Rano Kao, and found in Orongo
Currently displayed in Room 24, Ground Floor, British Museum
Created in about 1200 AD
Acquired by the British Museum in 1869
Stone, coral and basalt
Height: 2.42 m
Width: 96 cm
Diameter: 47 cm
Top two images © Trustees of the British Museum
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