World's Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2011
"Rhythms of Life" Sculpture, Kenya
Aussie sculptor/artist Andrew Rogers has constructed 47 stone sculptures (geoglyphs) in 14 countries on all seven continents for his ongoing "Rhythms of Life" series. This involves corralling boulders, marble, and stones into gigantic iconic shapes of animals, runic characters, or quasi-cryptic symbols, often visible from space. (It's more likely you'll view them from about 5,000 feet in a hot-air balloon or on Google Earth.) For his latest geoglyph, Rogers employed 1,300 local Masai at Camp ya Kanzi in the volcanic Chyulu Hills, located in eastern Kenya. The community chose the two projects—a colossal lion's paw and a shield—as a nod to environmental conservation and the preservation of their traditional lifestyle.