A wooden A-frame, as Van Tilburg has imagined it, is now ready for the moai. Its triangular shape has been proportioned exactly for the statue. The group hopes to pull the entire rig 100 yards on flat terrain.

With the help of a crane, NOVA's moai is lowered onto the A-frame sled. The same energy that moved the ancient moai—human muscle—will be employed today. The team pulls together. But instead of rolling, the logs slide and bunch up. All their careful plans and efforts have come to naught: The moai is stuck.

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