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is a collection of images of
rock art gathered from across the world. It features photographs by R.
Paul Firnhaber, a rock art researcher whose work includes the field of rock
art imaging, theory and practice.
presentation has several intentions. First, it is a celebration of the timeless
beauty of sacred image and place. The creative energy of our species has never been
so primally exquisite as in the images which we today call rock art. To transport a
gallery of the Louvre, or even the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and to set it over most any
rock art site in the world, seems perfectly appropriate.
so much of the natural and cultural heritage of our planet, rock art is threatened by the
destructive forces of vandalism, encroachment and deteriorating environmental quality. The
ingredients for a successful rock art conservation equation include the creation of
surrogate data. Such image data can allow continued study of rock art even in the face of
damage and loss. So in addition to honoring the beauty and significance of our sacred
heritage, these images are also metaphors of conservation and caring.
art study and research, though late in flourishing, is becoming the prized window into the
ideological mind of our ancient forebears. The issues it continues to raise are
often beyond science. Such mysteries as how our species fared so well for so long with so
little may well be revealed in the dints, scratches and ochres serendipitously preserved
on the stone walls and caves of our countrysides.
take this moment to thrill and marvel at what "we" are capable of.
Please go to the information page to
learn more. Thanks for visiting.
Photographs © 1999
-2011 R. Paul Firnhaber.
All rights reserved.