Thursday, February 18, 2010

Meet the Inukshuk.

The inspiration for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic logo is more than just a friendly figure.  It's an homage to an ancient symbol of the Inuit culture, the Inukshuk.  These stacked stones were traditionally used as landmarks and navigational aids.  They also represent northern hospitality and friendship.  Giant versions of these were created just for the olympics.  But others have been around for a long time.  And they seemed to show up everywhere.  I fell in love with their quirky charm.  So here are a few photographs in tribute to the smile-inducing Inukshuk.

This was created for Expo 86 and was moved to English Bay in Vancouver's West End in 1987.  

This is the creature that greets visitors as they enter Whistler village.

Here are some impromptu Inukshuk stacks we found near BC Stadium, location of the opening ceremonies.

I bought this mini Inukshuk in Whistler.  Sure it's a cheap tourist souvenir but every time I see it, it makes me smile.

And I found this stone stacking game at the Vancouver Art Gallery's gift shop.  I can hardly wait to have friends over for an Inukshuk game night.

1 comment:

  1. And all this time, I thought their logo was the abominable snowman. He is quite adorbs.