Friday, September 25, 2020

An Urban Marker


This structure called an Inukshuk is found on the grounds of the Veterans Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. The Inukshuk is a traditional directional marker used by the Inuit in the Arctic regions to point the way to home or hunting grounds. Today they can be found all over Canada. This one has been given a lovely base of flowers to surround it.

14 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I have seen the Inukshuk's before, I did not know they were directional markers. It looks pretty with the flowers around the bottom.
Enjoy your day, have a happy weekend!

Tom said...

...I've seen a number of them in Canada

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Believe it or not there's one in Cambridge UK. It stands outside the Scott Polar Museum and directs visitors where to park their bicycles!

Karl said...

They seem to be very popular here too...

Sharon said...

I love finding these in different places. We have one at the Heard Museum located out by the street so it greets people.

Williamsburg Daily said...

Reminds me of the stone markers on the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Maine.

William Kendall said...

It fits in well with the flowers.

bill burke said...

I've seen some like that over here. I like the flowers at the base of this one.

Denton said...

Thanks for letting us know the traditional use for Inukshuk. I have thought of these as Cairn. Personally I find the process of stacking and balancing the rocks to be a stress reducing and enjoyable past time.

jennyfreckles said...

Never heard that name for them, how lovely. We have similar piles of stones called cairns on mountain paths to help guide people in bad weather.

Andrew said...

While we saw many of them, I assumed they were a kind of a totem and I didn't know they originally had directional properties.

Kay said...

Those that I've seen have been alongside trails in the desert and many seemed more like "I was here" than something pointing in a direction. But that's down here in the U.S.

s.c said...

Nice.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So precisely balanced! Love seeing these Pat, would like to give it a go ✨