Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

The first afternoon of my solo trip to Ottawa I decided to go for a walk along the Ottawa River and I discovered the wonderful Rock Art exhibit at Remic Rapids. I glimpsed a grouping of stones balanced on one another like an inukhsuk. Walking further down the river I saw dozens of balanced rock art sculptures.

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - an annual event held each summer - free event

Rock Art at Remic Rapids on the Ottawa River

 

I spent a couple of hours wandering around this outdoor art gallery of balanced rock art. The work was created by the participants of the Ottawa BAWI Festival. BAWI stands for Balanced Art World International and the 2014 festival featured 13 artists from Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, and USA.

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - Balanced Art World International

Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

 

I loved the sculptures that looked like people – some of the pieces seemed to defy gravity. I took a closer look to see what sort of tricks they used to balance the rocks.

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - annual balancing rock art exhibit

Close-up of balancing rock art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

 

It only takes a few tiny stones to balance the rocks and give the magical appearance. I quite liked the archways built with stones.

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - arch made of stones - part of the annual rock art exhibit

Rock Art Arch – Remic Rapids Ottawa River

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - rock formations created by balancing rocks on one another - an annual event along the Ottawa River

Rock Art at Remic Rapids Ottawa River

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - annual art rock exhibit during summer

Arch created at Rock Art exhibit – Remic Rapids Ottawa River

 

There was one piece that I spotted with my camera and thought there was a bright white stone placed on top of the sculpture.

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - annual balanced rock festival and exhibit

Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

 

A closer look and I realized the white stone was not what it seemed to be. I thought is was funny!

 

Rock Art Remic Rapids Ottawa River - gum atop a rock sculpture

Gum atop the rock art – Remic Rapids Ottawa River

 

I sat by the water and enjoyed a snack while watching the birds and the people go by along the river. There were plenty of Canada geese, a few ducks, and an occasional sea-gull.

 

Canada goose dining at the Ottawa River

Canada goose – Ottawa River

 

Duck resting along the shores of the Ottawa River

Duck resting along the shores of the Ottawa River

 

Sea gull along the Ottawa River

Sea gull along the Ottawa River

 

Rock art on display at Ottawa River

Rock art on display at Ottawa River

 

Balanced rock art - Ottawa River

Balanced rock art – Ottawa River

 

Rock art at Remic Rapids on the Ottawa River - summertime art event

Rock art at Remic Rapids on the Ottawa River

 

Rock art at Remic Rapids Ottawa River

Rock art at Remic Rapids Ottawa River

I love walking along the water and the rock art display was a wonderful whimsical addition to my stroll along the Ottawa River. First impressions are always strongest and this was my first impression of Ottawa on a sunny August afternoon.

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Susan Moore's first solo travel experience was traveling around SE Asia for 7 months in 1993. It was life changing and extraordinary. Currently Susan is living a nomadic life, working and roadtripping around the USA and Canada. You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter

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  1. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful and very creative rock art.

  2. Wow….. far to far away from where i live but maybe someday i can make pictures of my own ;-)

  3. Roger Green says:

    Love, LOVE the rock art!

    ROG, ABCW

  4. Amazing ‘rock’ shot and lovely nature shots for R!

    Happy week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    A Creative Harbor

  5. Joy says:

    How amazing. Its fascinating to look at all the different shapes and constructions and the overall effect can mean so many different things.

  6. Leticia says:

    Amazing how they put this rocks together! The “white rock” is funny!

  7. ellen b says:

    What fun! I really enjoyed this rock art post. It’s wonderful being by the water like that!

  8. Brilliant works of art, so creative and they look like what they are meant to be.
    Ottawa seems to be a very interesting city.
    We see a lot of Canada Geese flying over my husband’s golf club, they make great row when they chatter to each other. Sometime they’ll come down to the lake for some water.
    Lovely photo’s again and most enjoyable seeing the clever artwork.

    Best wishes,

    Di

    • Susan Moore says:

      Hello Di, Canada Geese are a noisy bunch! I love watching them fly in formation. There certainly were plenty of them in Ottawa – it seems they are fond of Canada’s capital.
      Cheers,
      Susan

  9. So clever and inspiring! Some seem to defy the laws of physics! I always cringe when I come across these in the wilderness, as I think they work better in urban environments as a reminder of nature. I’ll look forward to this when I visit Ottawa.

  10. This was fascinating to see! I like the natural elements used in all the sculptures and their settings.

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