Inukshuk: Matt Beasley and Paulette Hunt
Located in the Windsor City Hall Square, this sculpture was built by Paulette Hunt and Matt Beasley using large Amherstburg granite slabs, from the Amherst Quarry. The structure weighs 28 thousand pounds (12700.5 KG) and stands 14ft. (4.3 M) high.
Traditionally constructed by the Inuit, inukshuk figures are made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic. The structures have a practical purpose acting as a helper to food cache, possible dangers, navigational aids and hunting grounds. While stone figures resembling human forms are often referred to as inuksuk, such figures are actually known as inunnguaq. This particular inunnguaq sculpture points north, where the Inuit would find a way home.
There is also a remarkable inunnguaq located at Centennial Park along the Detroit River. This sculpture truly celebrates this Inuit custom.