TVU University of Concepción Cultural Program interview of Visual Artist Alexander Sutulov and Presidente of the University of Concepción, Sergio Lavanchy during opening day, August 26, 2005 a 3 story high (H: 12.4MT x W: 8.0MT) digital mural at the University of Concepción, Metallurgical Engineering Building, where in an unprecedented manner; the artwork encompasses the history of Chilean mining from pre-Columbian period (c. 2.200 B.C.) to contemporary times. The author, visual artist Alexander Sutulov, based his iconographic study in a thesis of how early metallurgical activity in the Andean world where the oldest evidence of work in copper was Mina Perdida near Lima, Peru during the Initial Period (2.000 - 900 B.C.) had a direct impact in the development of Chile as one of the mayor mining countries in the world. Contrary to common knowledge where gold and silver is usually associated to pre-Columbian cultures, it was not until a more complex metallurgy developed with the use of copper and its alloys allowed pre-Columbian civilization unfold to its full dimension.
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