Inukshuk
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Inukshuk

Centennial Park

The word inukshuk means "in the image of man" and represents safety, nourishment, trust and reassurance. The inukshuk guided Inuit peoples across the frozen tundra and gave them hope in barren places to handle hardships they encountered. These large, delicately balanced stone images showed the way ahead.

Had they been able to speak, they may have said, "Here is the road. It is safe. You can meet the demands that this path holds. You can reach your goals and attain your vision of where you want to be."

Similar stone figures were made all over the world in ancient times, but the Arctic is one of the few places where they still stand in their original places as beacons to others.

The inukshuk is proudly displayed on the flag of Canada's newest territory, Nunavut.‚Äč


Detail of a bronze sculpture, two outstreched arms.

A Butterfly's Wings - Jack Byng

Detail of a bronze sculpture of a nude woman

Anne - Leo Mol

Audio Corridor - Ian Lazarus

Bell Measure - Stephen Cruise

Marble sculpture in the centre of a garden fountain.

Bilingualism - Hans Hennecke

Bronze fountain sculpture with a goat in a park.

Billy Goat Spring - Leszek Rymczuk

Chicken and Egg - Morton Katz

Claim Post - Scott McKay

Large, painted yellow, steel sculpture in a park.

Composition with Five Elements - Haydn Davies

Bronze heads of the two figures of Rosenthal's Consolation

Consolation - Joe Rosenthal

Consophia - Ian Lazarus

Cordella - Maryon Kantaroff

Dancing Bear - Pauta Saila

Eve's Apple - Edwina Sandys

Flying Men - Dame Elisabeth Frink

From Ground to Ask the Sky - Royden Mills

Detail of a bronze sculpture of an auto worker at work.

Generations - Mark Williams

Inukshuk

Contemporary metal sculpture in a riverfront park.

Kinetic Geode - Nicolas de Cosson

King and Queen - Sorel Etrog

Bronze sculpture of a lady in a park.

Lady - Joe Rosenthal

Detail of a globe from a contemporary public sculpture.

Love for All, Hatred for None - Sidra Tahir

Morning Flight - Gerald Gladstone

Detail of bronze sculpture of two ladies looking past each other.

Neighbours - Joe Rosenthal

Obelisk - Sigmund Reszetnik

Racing Horses - Derrick Stephan Hudson

Large, painted red, steel sculpture in a park.

Ribbon of Friendship - Xiaofeng Yin

Salutation - Ralph Hicks

Painted steel sculpture of two nuns, one praying.

Sisters - Morton Katz

Detail of sculpture consisting of four nuns.

Sisters II - Morton Katz

Detail of sculpture in a riverfront park.

Space Plough II - Sorel Etrog

Tembo - Derrick Stephan Hudson

Abstract Sculpture in a park in front of a bulding.

Tempo - Ronald Zerafa

The Columns

The Garden - Maryon Kantaroff

Detail of a bronze scultpure overlooking a riverfront skyline.

The Three Fates - Morton Katz

Looking up at a tall sculpture to two birdlike figures.

Tohawah - Anne Harris

Detail of a tall toem pole.

Totem Pole - Wikinanish

Tall, cast aluminum sculpture with abstract wavey forms.

Tower Song - Ted Bieler

Five welded copper trees in a park.

Trees - Toni Putnam

Bronze sculpture in a park.

Tryptich - Gord Smith

Bronze sculpture in a riverfront park.

Union 6 - Bruce Watson

Detail of a lifesize carved wood sculpture of nine men in a long canoe.

Voyageur Canoe - Ralph Ireland