Ottawa River Sculptures

One of my favourite lesser known attractions in Ottawa is the rock sculptures on the Ottawa River at the Remic Rapids, just west of Parkdale. These beautiful, ephemeral sculptures are built every summer only to be knocked down by the ice and the force of the river each winter. They are never the same and throughout any one summer are constantly being added to and refined. I first visited these rock sculptures in 1997 – when the Boy’s Dad and I were first dating and spent many evenings getting to know each other going for long walks. I was pleased when I moved back to Ottawa over 10 years later to see that these were still created each summer. It’s worth a trip at least once a summer: We made our annual trip last weekend on our bikes. We were not disappointed. These are still as magical as ever.

Overview of the sculptures

Overview of the sculptures

Close-up of the balancing rocks

Close-up of the balancing rocks

I was impressed with this little wall.

I was impressed with this little wall.

A close up of the wall.

A close up of the wall.

Sculptures in the water.

Sculptures in the water.

Here’s a link to the artist’s home page: http://www.jfceprano.com/ – he’s been at it since 1985!
 

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