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Inukshuk
1992
Details
Category
Sculpture
Acquisition mode
Politique d'intégration des arts à l'architecture et à l'environnement, Government of Quebec
Materials
cement, stone
Overall size
3 m x 2,7 m
Technique(s)
assembled, cemented, piled up
External link
Location
Location
Location
McCord Museum
Localization
Near the Museum entrance
Adress
690 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, H3A 1E9

Artwork description

With this installation, the Inuk artist Jusipi Naluktuk speaks of ancestral memory. An extension of the word inuk (man), inukshuk literally means “that which acts in man’s place.” Of various shapes and sizes, inuksuit (the plural form of inukshuk) consist of stacked un-sculpted stones. Sometimes guides, sometimes points of reference or markers, these messengers can be found by the hundreds in all the territories inhabited by the Inuit peoples. This one, with an anthropomorphic shape, is composed of some 200 stones and was first built on the island of Naqsaluk, off Inukjuak in Nunavik.