posted on Nov, 5 2003 @ 07:08 AM
UNESCO has awarded a German firm contract to preserve the world-famous but decaying Moai head sculptures on Easter Island, which are suffering the
effects of the weather, tourism and past restoration attempts.
Stefan Maar, founder of Berlin-based Maar Denkmalpflege GmbH said Tuesday his company planned to begin treating the statues with chemicals in early
2005 in a project estimated to cost about 10 million euros ($11.5 million).
"Something has to be done," Maar told Reuters. "But with over 1,000 figures, it is a really big undertaking."
Maar's scientists are developing a chemical treatment for the unique volcanic tuff stone from which the heads are carved.
"The stone is not like anything else," Maar said.