Lot #87 | Avatar Mountains

by Sergey Melnikoff, a.k.a. MFF
China. 1994
Camera Fuji Panorama GX617 / 105mm Lens

● Size 67”x39,4” (170×100 cm) or As Per Your Request
● The ultraHD Photo Print Under 5 mm Thick Acrylic Glass
● Comes with a Wall Plaque of the Good Samaritan
● Free Worldwide Shipping in a Crate

Each MELNIKOFF artwork, which is available at our charity auction, maintaining its uniqueness and artistic value. By producing acrylic glass photographs at our production facility in Kyiv, we gives you the chance to own an exquisite work of art by one of the most well-known photographers in the world, as well as a historical memento created in Ukraine during the war.

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Lot Essay

It turns out that the Avatar Mountains actually exist and are not just a creation of James Cameron for his movie of the same name. Over a decade before the release of “Avatar,” American mountain photographer Sergey Melnikoff showed James Cameron photographs of the mountains in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. At the time, only locals knew about these places.

Although James Cameron did not film any scenes in these mountains, he and his filming crew did visit them and were inspired by the breathtaking views. It was the Zhangjiajie rocks that served as the prototype for the mountains on the planet Pandora in the movie “Avatar.” After the film’s release, tourism to Zhangjiajie Park increased so much that China renamed these mountains in honor of the film.

The unique and fanciful rock formations that rise high into the sky will leave no one indifferent. The mountains are simply incredible, and when the mist descends low, they appear to be “floating” above the ground to park visitors. These mountains were formed during the Mesozoic Era, and over millions of years, the weathering and erosion of sandstone and limestone formed more than three thousand pointed rocks, some reaching heights of up to 3300 feet (1000 meters). Today, the cliffs and mountain crevices are covered with lush vegetation and pine trees. Rivers and lakes flow through deep gorges, sometimes forming the most beautiful waterfalls.

Sergey Melnikoff is a world-famous mountain photographer who has worked in all of the mountain systems on our planet. However, he also considers the Avatar Mountains to be unique and unlike anything else. The master photographer says that he feels like he’s on a different planet when he’s there.

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