Sunday, December 18, 2011

We Built This City On Rock and Roll




Wandering around the 'lost city of the Incas', what struck me most (aside from it's sheer size) was the allure of the thousands upon thousands of stones they used to construct this earthen opus. Incredible detail. Craftsmanship. Texture. Every which way you look there are perfectly placed stones; rocks that were manually hauled, chiseled, organized and placed. It is like feasting your eyes on the possibilities of what human hands are capable of.  



The aesthetic overload and my fascination with the areas cobblestone composition didn't end there. Throughout the narrow streets of Ollantaytambo the same flawless, almost mathematical arrangement of rocks exists. But here there is the crazy addition of modernity.  Travelers, cars and bikes utilize this ancient structure adding testament to Inca ingenuity. It is inspiring. Our hands and brains can do incredible things.  




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