The Great Gallery

“These are sinister and supernatural figures, gods from the underworld perhaps who hover in space, or dance, or stand solidly planted on two feet carrying weapons – a club or sword. Most are faceless but some stare back at you with large, hollow disquieting eyes. Demonic shapes, they might have meant protection and benevolence to their creators and a threat to strangers: beware, traveler, you are approaching the land of the horned gods….”

—Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Horseshoe Canyon is a remote extension of Canyonlands National Park. It contains some of the most significant rock art in North America, including “The Great Gallery,” which offers well-preserved, life-sized humanoid figures with intricate designs. This photo is far from the usual colorful and dramatic work that I normally post here, but I think the fact that most of these paintings are actually life-size and up to 7000 years old made it worth sharing.

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