Avatar Sparks New Interest In The Strange Visions That Inspired ItCharlie Jane Anders1/26/10 4:30pmFiled to: AvatarAvatar hallelujah mountainJames CameronRoger deanMoviesDesignArtScience-fiction artscifi artscience artYesProg Rockhell yes26EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkNow that we know Avatar's floating mountains were based on China's rugged geography, the Chinese have decided to rename a mountain in Hunan province "Avatar Hallelujah Mountain." And artists are posting their favorite images by Yes cover artist Roger Dean.AdvertisementThe newly dubbed Avatar Hallelujah Mountain is in Wulingyan National Park, already a major tourist spot in China — but officials are hoping that naming it after the mega-popular film will help the shockingly verticle landmark become a major destination.Meanwhile, since we pointed out the resemblance between Avatar and Roger Dean's artwork a month ago, there's been a flurry of discussion on the subject online. Entertainment Weekly asked director James Cameron whether he got his idea for the floating mountains from a Yes cover, and he laughed. "It might have been... Back in my pot-smoking days." Some more great Dean art has been posted in various places, as people celebrate his influence and point to more areas where Dean's art may have helped to inspire Avatar. Check out our new favorites.