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Inukshuks On The Ottawa River

Remic Rapids, on the Ottawa River, is home to an orig­i­nal artis­tic project: the “art of bal­ance”, by local artist John Ceprano.

Every year, John cre­ates beau­ti­ful sculp­tures, plac­ing stones one of top of the other. They are sim­i­lar to the tra­di­tional Inuit sym­bols: the inuk­shuks. And every year, as the water rises and win­ter begins, the ice nat­u­rally dis­man­tles the art.

Every­thing is per­fectly bal­anced, and no tool is used to cre­ate the sculp­tures. Pretty unique, isn’t it?

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Inukshuk Inukshuk


  1. oh yeah! i vaguely remem­ber being told to stack two stones, then place a third stone next to the stack indi­cat­ing the direc­tion you were walk­ing. i for­got all about that.
    heh, in case i get lost in the woods.
    also, you can make tea using pine nee­dles.
    .-= Seraphine´s last blog ..Full Dis­clo­sure Up/side/Down =-.

  2. I see Inuk­shuks all over the place and never take any pic­tures of them. I will take a few snap­shots and com­pile them in a post soon, because I love these sculp­tures!
    .-= Gabriel´s last blog ..Oshawa wanted the best, now they finally got the best =-.

  3. Yea, it’s pretty unique Zhu — and now we both know that Nor­way have got one as a gift to prove our peo­ples good old friendship!

    Btw1: Sorry I’m not that much around com­ment­ing these days! A com­bi­na­tion of over­load work and Win­ter Olympics takes most of the time.
    Right now I am watch­ing Nor­way vs Swe­den in Curl­ing and if we beet them, we prob­a­bly go to the semi final… and then: Maybe we meet in the final!?!

    Btw2: How do you like the Nor­we­gian Curl­ing Team’s trousers ?
    .-= RennyBA’s Terella´s last blog ..Win­ter Olympics 2010 Inuk­suk from Canada in Nor­way =-.

  4. Oh wow!!! Those are incred­i­ble! I like how some of them look like lit­tle birds!

    Amaz­ing that they sim­ply use grav­ity and bal­ance to stay standing!

    Thanks for show­ing these pictures!

    Have a great day.

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