June 10, 2012 |
HORSESHOE CANYON, Utah - In a remote arm of Canyonlands National Park, deep inside a warren of rock and sand, is one of the greatest and most mysterious collections of ancient art in North America. Towering, enigmatic pictographs, some more than 6,000 years old, stare down from stone walls, their meaning unknown yet their allure universal. This is Horseshoe Canyon, one of the loneliest places you're likely to find in this country, nestled amid southeast Utah's labyrinth of slickrock, arches and desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2005 |
Raymond Wood, a graphic designer best known for creating the pictographs used at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, has died. He was 64. Wood died at his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 1 of pancreatic cancer, according to his wife, Patricia Mace. Over the years, Wood created logos for such products as Kirin Beer, Ryder trucks, Thrifty drugstores, National Car Rental and Fox broadcasting. He also created logos for the California Tourist Board and TreePeople.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2004 |
Like creatures of the ark, Saddlerock Ranch's animals are here in pairs: llamas, emus, macaws, peacocks, camels and zebras. But these California immigrants are commonplace compared to the pictographs tucked amid the ranch's towering rock formations and grapevine-studded hills. Archeologists say the drawings were made by Chumash Indians, the original settlers of the area, to depict a pivotal event in California history: Their encounter with Spanish explorers more than 200 years ago.
February 29, 2004 |
Standing inside the maze of mysterious lines and figures that put this arid region on the tourist map, state archeologist Alberto Urbano surveys a football field-sized spread of ankle-deep trash. "Farther down this road, there are illegal gold mines too," he said, noting that the path actually is the side of a giant trapezoid. "See how straight it is." But not just trash and small-time gold diggers threaten Peru's fragile Nazca Lines.
December 10, 2000 |
Morgan Garcia-Lamarca's bare back elicits gasps and wide eyes from those who glimpse the 14-inch-long Japanese proverb inscribed down his spine. The four black, broad-brushed characters called kanji, each four or five inches wide and filling the middle of his back, look like calligraphy that just tumbled off some ancient scroll under museum glass. They translate to "ogre with an iron club," a proverb Garcia-Lamarca says he embraced as his own while studying Japanese one summer. To him, it means a strong person who doesn't have to display his strength.
February 21, 1999 |
Where three rivers come together, spirits must abound. I think this as I leave Big Bend National Park and head east toward los tres rios, the confluence of the Rio Grande, the Pecos and the Devils on the Texas-Mexico border. The cliffs and canyons above these rivers are alive with paintings of fantastic figures, part human, part animal, part bird. They are believed to be ceremonial images 4,000 to 5,000 years old.