Sculpture Park You Can See From Space

Some artists like to think big. Australian artist Andrew Rogers is thinking really big. He's been creating giant "drawings on the Earth," visible from space.

CNN reports an opening ceremony was recently held for a sprawling sculpture park Rogers is developing in the Cappadocia region of Turkey.

The installations include clusters of giant stone columns, some 50-feet-tall, some decorated with 23-carat gold, displayed in what CNN calls "contemporary ruins," reminiscent of the ancient Greek and Roman temples found around Turkey.

Says Rogers, "We're trying to make people think about what's gone before and what's going to be important in the future."

While impressive on land, some of the giant structures are being created specifically to be viewed from the sky, including from the hot air balloons that are popular with tourists in the region.

CNN says from the air, winding rock walls "reveal themselves as huge, ornate drawings on the side of hilltops, in the shape of giant horses, mythological beasts and ancient tribal symbols."

Rogers, who has done large-scale projects in other remote places including in the Atacama desert in Chile, the mountains of Nepal and the arctic mountains of Iceland, says he tries to work with local people and create art that is important to their history and heritage.

But in Turkey, locals say they at first found the project odd.

"We didn't understand what they want," Mustafa Sevin, one of the more than 1,000 workers employed at the sculpture park, tells CNN. "After time, we can see the different shapes. It looks nice. When we are finished, we can be very happy."

The sculpture park includes an amphitheater and what Rogers says are other "sacred spaces for contemplation."

The Cappadocia region is already on the tourist map for its ancient historical sites, including cave dwellings, and amazing volcanic rock formations.

Photo, Maria Zarnayova, isifa / Getty Image
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