Almost nothing is known about the civilization that carved the inscrutable idols in Colombia's Parque Arqueológico de San Agustín. Just a few points of data from carbon dating, a piece of indecipherable script, and a lot of archeological speculation. The scultures themselves are as mysterious as the culture that crafted them. But their lack of context invites you to imagine for each figure an eccentric personality and unique superpower, like a Pokémon character, as you stroll through the park.
Meanwhile, just across the border in Tulcan, Ecuador, a cemetery is populated with similarly playful figures carved out of plump cypress trees. These stand across from the walls of funerary vaults and around the somber headstones of grave sites in playful mockery, their cheeks swollen with youthful impishness, openly taunting the staid sepulchers of the Old World.