I'm aboard a Cessna plane soaring over the Peruvian coastal plain about 400 km south of Lima, Peru. Forced to look down by the heavy blueish sky, at some point, I notice the dull pale sameness of the rocks and sand organize and change form. Distinct white lines gradually evolve from tan and rust-red. Across the dry desert an assortment of perfectly-straight lines, many running parallel, others intersecting, forming a grand geometric form with trapezoids, rectangles, triangles, and swirls. The landscape changes as some of the swirls and zigzags start to agglutinate in more distinct shapes: a hummingbird, a spider, a monkey, all pictures of birds and beasts etched on a giant scale that can only be appreciated from the sky. These are the renowned Nazca Lines - subject of mystery for over 80 years. How were they formed? What purpose could they have served? Were aliens involved? Who investigated this mystery?
The designer wearing her work, photographed by a friend on her way home