A limestone canoe riding on stone waves.



Mary Ellen Farrow

Materials: Limestone
Installation Date: June 2017

Number on Map: 30


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Carved on the Canadian Shield

Four artists from three countries visited Haliburton for a three week sculpture symposium in 2017 in celebration of Dysart 150, Ontario 150, and Canada 150. Beginning with a block of limestone, each artist was tasked with creating a piece that reflected the theme of carving on the Canadian Shield.

Artist's Statement:

When asked to participate in the 150 Sculpture Symposium, “Carved on the Canadian Shield”, I knew that I wanted to sculpt a canoe.  The canoe is so much a part our heritage, created by the Indigenous People, used by the early settlers as transportation, exploration, trade, and commerce.  Today the canoe is much a part of the local community, for sport and recreation, and is an integral part of the tourism trade.

It is a bit of an enigma, seeing a canoe in the forest but that is part of the fun.  I wanted it to be interactive, for children to be able to climb over it and play games in it, to simply enjoy.