logo represents a desert bighorn sheep standing with Four Peaks in the
back ground. The logo is rendered in the style of a petroglyph.
Petroglyphs are rock images produced by removing (usually chipping) a rock's
surface coating to expose the bare rock surface underneath. In the
Desert Southwest, a dark brown or reddish coating forms on exposed rocks
known as "desert varnish". This desert varnish is commonly composed
of iron and manganese oxides that slowly form over thousands of years.
When the dark "desert varnish" is chipped away the natural lighter stone
is exposed and a petroglyph is formed.
The ancient inhabitants of the
Desert Southwest left many rock images throughout their landscape.
Their diverse rock images included abstract, geometric, symbolic, and realistic
subjects. Animals were frequent subjects. While the desert
bighorn sheep is currently absent from much of its' former range, in the
not too distant past it was common in the mountains surrounding what is
now Phoenix (including the Four Peaks area). Ancient residents captured
the essence of these majestic animals in rock images.
The wild desert bighorn sheep
is perfectly adapted to its desert landscape. Like the ancients,
KIVAS.COM admires the desert bighorn's ability to harmoniously exist with
its desert environment and have adopted the desert bighorn as our petroglyph.
Our bighorn was inspired by the ancient residents' Petroglyphs, but is
not an exact copy of any single image. Out of respect for the ancients
we have created an entirely new image, taking inspiration from many ancient
petroglyphs. Separate elements were combined to create our own unique
bighorn petroglyph, pixel by pixel. The four peaks showing behind
the bighorn represent the Four Peaks at the southern end of the Mazatzal
mountain range. These peaks, to the east of the Phoenix, are clearly
visible to most of the valley (the highest, Brown's Peak, the one on the
left, is 7657 feet in elevation). To the best of our knowledge, no
ancient rock images exist of Four Peaks and the Four Peaks petroglyph is
entirely our own design.
At left are thumbnails of
ancient rock images showing big horn sheep. All of these images were
downloaded from the web. If you would like more information about
the sites e-mail me.