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The creative society by Lars Tvede

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DOES GROWTHDESTROY THEENVIRONMENT?

On 17 March 1722 three Dutch ships sailed out from the Juan Fernández Islands west of the Chilean coast. They were on a mission to find a large area of land called Davis’ Land after the English buccaneer Edward Davis, who had allegedly spotted this land in 1687. Over the subsequent 19 days, the three Dutch ships sailed almost due West toward the unknown.

On April 5, they saw a small island in the distance, and as they approached, a strange sight met them: the island was teeming with hundreds of virtually-identical sculptures, typically four metres high. The ships now dropped anchor, and the expedition’s ...

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