DysART Trail


Ontario K0M, Canada

Created By: Tammy Rea


Artist: Mary Ellen Farrow

About: This sculpture was created as part of the 2017 sculpture symposium in celebration of Canada 150, Ontario 150, and Dysart 150. The theme of the symposium, “Carved on the Canadian Shield” inspired Mary Ellen to create a canoe. The canoe is a fundamental part of our heritage, created by the indigenous people, used by the early settlers as transportation, exploration, trade, and commerce. Today, the canoe is still 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 of the piece. Mary Ellen wanted the sculpture to be interactive, for children to be able to climb over it and play games in it. She wanted to create a piece that people of all ages can enjoy.

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.

This point of interest is part of the tour: DysART Trail


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