The Inukshuk (pronounced ‘in-ook-shook’), or Inuksuk as the Canadian Inuit People of Northern Canada prefer, is a sculpture concept that has been around for thousands of years. The Inukshuk sculpture, used as a marker or landmark, is made of stones found at the location where it is built. The name means ‘one who looks like a person’ or ‘one who acts like a person’. Because the Canadian terrain is frigid and dangerous, dominated by tundra with few natural landmarks, the Inukshuk is used for and acts as a beacon of light, a directional help when the landscape is unreadable. The design of the structure requires a perfect fit and balance between stones that are dry laid and free standing. Every stone is of equal importance to the one above and the one below and to the whole concept, exemplifying perfect unity and balance.
The design and placement of stones tells the viewer important navigational information. In the Tundra this might be food or water supply, sacred or spiritual locations, burial grounds, unsafe places to avoid or where there is a community. The use of, or lack of, heads, legs, arms and the position all give a message to those who follow of what to expect. They are truly a welcome or greeting that underscores cooperation and friendship, hope and help.
We believe this is an important symbol for any landscape design. We build them, dry laid to perfection, with natural stone (some carved). Each is unique and one of a kind, signed by the sculpture’s artist. We design them for inward navigational spiritual understanding about the state of consciousness that the overall garden design reflects. Our Inuksuit (plural) are used as markers to assist the viewer during their walk in the garden in understanding the design information. The intention of our Inukshuks is to help the viewer focus on the beauty and Light that is prominent in our designs.