This Surreal Thursday post presents a corner of Elliot Lake. There have been a number of murals installed in the community. The one in this photograph is called “What is the North to Me ?”. The text and artwork calls up the classic “birch bark – loon on the lake call” North of Northern Ontario.
A gentle piece of public art becomes surreal in the odd choice of installation. Because of the curving of the street and the extra angled wall of the building, the mural is visible to those driving by. To read the text, one would have to enter the adjoining parking lot and walk over for a good view.
The back of the building location, combined with the ubiquitous sloping pavement of the town, produces a contrasting surreal response to the question, “What is the North to Me ?”,…….. the cry of the loon seems to be slip sliding away as we near our destination.