Our Life in Stone

Celebrating Nunavut's 20th

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“Sedna” by Pauloosie Paniloo, from Clyde River, Nunavut, (1943-2007) © Doris Ohlmann (6)

In 1999 the Government of Nunavut sponsored a ‘large carving project’ in downtown Iqaluit. Artists from all over Canada participated in Nunavut’s first sculpting symposium called, “Our Life in Stone.” The two-year project involved 46 sculptors.

Organized by the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and numerous corporate sponsors, many of the carvings can be found outside the Nunavut Arctic College Department of Fine Arts and Crafts.

Here, a selection of the sculptures that depict iconic Inuit themes. They are presented in celebration of Nunavut’s 20th anniversary this year.