These great great grandparents "...of the land, and of the people," built elaborate cities throughout the precarious sandstone cliffs they inhabited. They chisled and painted the petrolyphs and pictographs and made elaborate tools and pottery that still servives today. As a practical matter, the sophisticated dwellings constructed inside the eroded cliffs and canyon walls provided protection, not only from the weather, but against unknown enemies and other unseen dangers that lurked about at the time. During the warm spring and summer days, the Anasazi tilled land both on top of the cliffs and in the drainage bottom lands. Their crops consisted of corn, grains, nuts, root plants, squash and pumpkins. They were also extremely successful at growing fruit trees, a great accomplishment considering the dry climate.
My inspiration for this sculpture was born in my childhood where, at the age of 13, I traveled to Mesa Verde, Colorado, with a troop of boy scouts. Reminents of the ancient ladders, and many unexplored portions of the ancient ruins, still existed in that day. My curiosity was piqued as to where the Anasazi went, and why, which still remains a great mystery to this day.
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