Live the Photo: Inukshuk on the Ottawa River
The Inukshuk – representing Northern Hospitality and friendship – can be any configuration of natural stone, generally balanced on each other. The Inuit used the monuments, built in the likeness of a human, as a means of survival and communication. Often used for navigation, they may also used as a marker or memorial for a beloved person. The Inukshuks are built by whatever stones are at hand – the arrangement of the stones significant for navigation, or if made without arms, as a marker for a cache of food. The Inukshuk represents the Inuit and is a symbol of their homeland. It also became a well known symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Inukshuks on the Ottawa River, the “Art of Balance”, is an original artistic project of John Ceprano. Looking for something that inspired him, John has been building these sculptures since 1986, and they have become known around the world. It has become a place of significance for many, a meeting place and inspiration for the many photographers and painters who set up along the shoreline every summer. His sculptures are naturally dismantled by the rising and freezing of the river every winter. No tools are used to create his monuments – everything is perfectly balanced naturally.
From Ottawa, take the Ottawa River Parkway heading West. Parking is at Remic Rapids. You can also walk, bike or rollerblade from downtown, following the scenic bike path along the Ottawa River. From Gatineau, cross the Champlain Bridge, heading East on the Ottawa River Parkway, turn left to turn into parking at Remic Rapids.
Links and Info
Ceprano Rock Arts article, published in the Ottawa Citizen November 15, 2011
AnitaMacPhotos – more photos from my outing to see the Inukshuks.