A vertical limestone sculpture. An abstract representation of the wind spiraling upwards from the ground.

Wind Dervish


John McKinnon

Name of Sculpture: Wind Dervish
Materials: Limestone
Installation Date: June 2017

Number on Map: 32


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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:

My many trips across the Canadian Shield conjure up images of stone, wind, and timelessness. Over eons of time, the stone that never seems to change or move is picked up layer by microscopic layer and carried off with the wind. The wind itself, an invisible force that manifests its presence in the things that it moves and shapes, is an expression of time. I am thinking outside of time, thousands of years compressed into a moment. The idea here is to represent that layer of stone rising up and dancing like a Dervish in the wind.