aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2007 December 2 09:45 PM
File under: Art

After I made the laser cut jolly roger pieces I ended up carrying them around town and giving them away to people at random or leaving them in places, like on a park bench or a bar or in some nook in the wall. I decided that was fun so this week while I was at Techshop I made a new piece to carry around with me. It's based on an Aztec artists' stone carving of an Ouroborus, a snake eating its own tail. Usually meant to symbolize infinity or cyclic nature, it is a symbol that has emerged in many different cultures, from the Greeks, to various African regions and of course the Aztecs. I chose to use an Aztec version because the copyright is expired and I've been reading a great book recently that covered some Aztec history and culture. I've posted the Corel Draw file I used with the laser cutter.

Ourboros

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