Inukshuk

Inukshuk are the monuments made by the Inuit, and other northern cultures, in the Arctic regions of North America. They are used to help make sense of barren northern landscapes .

Wherever distinctive landmarks are few, humans have created their own. Cairns, bent trees and other techniques have long been used to help show the next traveller whether they are on course or not.

The inukshuk were often collaborative efforts and were typically shaped to look like a person. These beautiful signs whispered two things to those who came later and found their way to them, ‘Someone else was here,’ and, ‘you’re heading the right way.’

If a sign is beautiful enough, it becomes a sculpture.

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