Scaling Up: Big things in Ontario



Fishing Bear, Ottawa. IMAGE/ Hubert Figuiere

Scaling Up: Big things in Ontario

COMPILED BY GRAHAM MACINNES

What compels us to adorn our communities with gigantic icons? These oversized objects assert identity, offer a bit of humour, and say, loudly, “there’s nothing stuffy about this place!”

The following round-up of “big things” is just a taste of some strangely scaled relics to be found in Ontario’s landscapes.

A GREAT WEBSITE FOR FINDING “BIG THINGS” IN ONTARIO IS WWW.ROADSIDEATTRACTIONS.CA/ONTARIO.HTML.

BIO/ GRAHAM MACINNES IS A MEMBER OF THE GROUND EDITORIAL BOARD.

Wawa Goose Monument, Wawa. IMAGE/ Brian Smith

Wawa Goose Monument, Wawa. IMAGE/ Brian Smith

The Big Nickel, Sudbury. IMAGE/ Peter Vanderheyden

The Big Nickel, Sudbury. IMAGE/ Peter Vanderheyden

The Big Apple, Colborne. IMAGE/ Anthony Easton

The Big Apple, Colborne. IMAGE/ Anthony Easton

Purple Coneflower, by Ferruccio Sardella, at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. IMAGE/ Dennis Jarvis

Purple Coneflower, by Ferruccio Sardella, at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. IMAGE/ Dennis Jarvis

Red Canoe, Canoe Landing Park—Toronto. IMAGE/ Noah Cole

Red Canoe, Canoe Landing Park—Toronto. IMAGE/ Noah Cole

Salmon Statue, Sault Ste. Marie. IMAGE/ Mark Goebel

Salmon Statue, Sault Ste. Marie. IMAGE/ Mark Goebel

Pileated Woodpecker, by Fastwürms, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. IMAGE/ Dennis Jarvis

Pileated Woodpecker, by Fastwürms, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. IMAGE/ Dennis Jarvis

Maman, by Louise Bourgeoise, Ottawa. IMAGE/ Jamie McCaffrey

Maman, by Louise Bourgeoise, Ottawa. IMAGE/ Jamie McCaffrey

Monument to Previous Wiarton Willies, Wiarton. IMAGE/ Robert Taylor

Monument to Previous Wiarton Willies, Wiarton. IMAGE/ Robert Taylor

Spirit Catcher, by Ron Baird, Barrie. IMAGE/ Kelly Verdeck

Spirit Catcher, by Ron Baird, Barrie. IMAGE/ Kelly Verdeck

The Wall, Port Carling. IMAGE/ Rod Brazier, Brazier Creative

The Wall, Port Carling. IMAGE/ Rod Brazier, Brazier Creative

Muddy the Mudcat, Dunnville. IMAGE/ Doug Kerr

Muddy the Mudcat, Dunnville. IMAGE/ Doug Kerr

The Loonie, Echo Bay. IMAGE/ Adam Kahtava

The Loonie, Echo Bay. IMAGE/ Adam Kahtava