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
The Big Nickel, Sudbury. IMAGE/ Peter Vanderheyden
The Big Apple, Colborne. IMAGE/ Anthony Easton
Purple Coneflower, by Ferruccio Sardella, at Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. IMAGE/ Dennis Jarvis
Red Canoe, Canoe Landing Park—Toronto. IMAGE/ Noah Cole
Salmon Statue, Sault Ste. Marie. IMAGE/ Mark Goebel
Pileated Woodpecker, by Fastwürms, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto. IMAGE/ Dennis Jarvis
Maman, by Louise Bourgeoise, Ottawa. IMAGE/ Jamie McCaffrey
Monument to Previous Wiarton Willies, Wiarton. IMAGE/ Robert Taylor
Spirit Catcher, by Ron Baird, Barrie. IMAGE/ Kelly Verdeck
The Wall, Port Carling. IMAGE/ Rod Brazier, Brazier Creative
Muddy the Mudcat, Dunnville. IMAGE/ Doug Kerr
The Loonie, Echo Bay. IMAGE/ Adam Kahtava