The Nazca lines are a celebrated example of cultural property. Located in the Nazca Desert in southern Peru, the Nazca lines are a series of ancient designs called “geoglyphs” that were created by removing small, reddish pebbles to expose the white ground underneath. These designs were created by the Nazca culture between 400 and 650 AD, and were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The designs include animals, trees, and flowers. Moreover, the unique climate of the Nazca Desert has allowed for the natural preservation of these early forms of art: since the area is relatively isolated and windless, the designs have remained naturally intact. As such, Peru has taken care to further preserve the Nazca lines. In doing so, the nation has voiced environmental concerns, and has stringently regulated access to the area. For example, “[e]ven ministers and presidents have to seek special permission [to visit] and wear special footwear to access the grounds.”
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on May 6, 2015. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Bren, Whitney, "Greenpeace[ful?] Harm to Cultural Property" (2015). AELJ Blog. 78.