Peru is known across the globe for its Incan ruins, particularly the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu. With the completion of his latest piece, Apukunaq Tianan (literally “abode of the gods”), Cusco-based artist Michael de Titan is continuing the Incan tradition of fusing art and nature. This new tourist attraction, located approximately 40 minutes from Cusco, exhibits a variety of sculptures cut right into the mountain’s granite.
A picture of the Andean creator deity Viracocha (or Wiracocha), the Incan Mother Earth goddess Pachamama, the head of a puma (one of the Incan triad of symbolic animals), and the visage of the Neo-Incan state’s final ruler, Tpac Amaru, are among the characters. De Titan carved these magnificent works of art into the granite face using just a chisel and hammer. The sculptures are all between 15 and 17 meters tall (49.2 and 55.8 ft).
The inauguration of Apukunaq Tianan in 2021 marks the bicentennial of Peru’s independence. Follow the site on Facebook to discover more about the sculptures, including current visiting hours and ticket rates.
Michael de Titan, a Peruvian artist, sculpted sculptures based on Andean gods onto the same rock.
These statues are part of Apukunaq Tianan, a new tourist attraction in Cusco, Peru that means “abode of the gods.”
It will open in 2021 to commemorate Peru’s 200 year of independence.
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