The Work I   The Canoe

The Canoe is both vehicle and symbol, both place and gift.

In 1793 the passage of Alexander MacKenzie crossing by canoe from east to west, was critical in determining the western border between Canada and the U.S.

The road that walks. Canada with its deep forests, was not a landscape to be crossed by horse. With thousands and thousands of lakes and rivers, it could however be crossed by canoe, a vessel shallow of draft, light enough to be carried or portaged across any land that interrupted those water roads. As such this gift from the first nations to all of us who came after, can be said to have stitched Canada together as a country.

This lesson of a vehicle within the land but not above it remains a significant source of wisdom waiting to be (re)-discovered.

This map from 1795, which shows Alexander Mackenzie’s trips by canoe across Canada, from east to west is engraved on the bronze canoe.

The Work
The Canoe

The Canoe is both vehicle and symbol, both place and gift.

In 1793 the passage of Alexander MacKenzie crossing by canoe from east to west, was critical in determining the western border between Canada and the U.S.

The road that walks. Canada with its deep forests, was not a landscape to be crossed by horse. With thousands and thousands of lakes and rivers, it could however be crossed by canoe, a vessel shallow of draft, light enough to be carried or portaged across any land that interrupted those water roads. As such this gift from the first nations to all of us who came after, can be said to have stitched Canada together as a country.

This lesson of a vehicle within the land but not above it remains a significant source of wisdom waiting to be (re)-discovered.

The River as Thread / The Canoe as Needle, 2004 The Canadian Embassy, Berlin, Germany

Canoe & Callipers 2006

This map from 1795, which shows Alexander Mackenzie’s trips by canoe across Canada, from east to west is engraved on the bronze canoe.