My Brick Inuksuk

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

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I have always loved to try and re-use items in the garden.  I had a lot of bricks that were once a path but as the garden changed the path was removed.  Plus it was a pain to keep the weeds out of, as they grew between the cracks.  So while stacking them to remove from the path I came up with this idea of making a brick inukshuk.

I’ve had this in my gardens for several years now and always thought it was a form of an inuksuk. In fact I have nicknamed it Inuky. But a while ago I discovered that it is an inunnguaq.

Here is what I found out.

An inuksuk is a stone monument used by the Inuit as a marker for special places, interesting places, marking trails or location of food or people, navigation, or migration routes of the caribou.
An inunnguag is a form of inuksuk that represents a human form.

In 1999 an inuksuk was chosen as the symbol on the flag for Nunavut, the newest territory in Canada. A design of an inunnguag was chosen for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascot. However many people, including me, refer to the design as an inuksuk.

I love the big stone inuksuks that you see in many places now, but I love my little brick one as it is so portable.  It has been in various garden locations.

The brick Inuky was set up on the deck for a couple of  winters so it helped predict the weather as well as be a cheery bit of garden architecture to be viewed from the kitchen windows.

 A quick look out the window and I know the snow is accumulating.

The dove chose to sit on the head for awhile, perhaps the sun was warming the rock up.

Have a look at this neat idea …. you can knit your own inuksuk by following this link.

Inuky has been moved to a few different places in the garden.  This past year he took up residence under the honeysuckle tree along with an old wicker chair, an old wheelbarrow planter, and a flower that acts as a windmill.

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Here he is after the snowstorm.  In the summer there is a pot of flowers on the chair and coleus in the round planter.  Over the winter I’ve got a birdhouse on there, for lack of a better place to put it.

And last year I also made another Inuky and have him on the path at the side of the garage.

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He even managed to accumulate some snow on his arms, shoulders and head during the storm.

One of the other things I learned is that this word can be spelled different ways … inuksuk … inukshuk … and plural inuksuit.

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