Diane is a photographer and musician as well as a career environmental educator. She shares a passion for the watershed and the geology of the Penokees with uncounted others who live in or love to visit the area. She has worked in a variety of roles, helping landowners with conservation projects as County Conservationist, then developing outreach materials and programs as UW-Extension Natural Resource Educator. Diane currently works for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist for the Lake Superior basin. Diane lives in Gurney, Wisconsin where she spends time on her land along Glacial Lake Duluth’s old beachlines north of the Penokee Range.
About the Artwork
The idea for the Inukshuk art was born out of a natural inclination towards rocks that lives a secret life in many households. Who knows how many others share a passion for rocks by decorating their windowsills, gardens, or fishbowls with tiny gifts from a glacier?
In researching Inukshuk art, I couldn’t help noticing the relationship between their cultural uses as sign markers or signposts, memorials to loved ones or sacred places, and the feelings the Penokee Range and its water resources inspired in me.
As the concept took shape it just seemed like an ideal poster child for the Penokee: Explore the Iron Hills project. The Inukshuk perfectly personified the “balance” between land use, natural resources, and humans that sparked our interest in the topic. The rocks used in the exhibit are tangible bits of geologic history adding a poignant sense of time and reminding us of the Native American concept of seventh generation sustainability.
Individual Inukshuks are constructed with carefully chosen rocks – using distinct geologic themes with rocks chosen for their charismatic shape, colorful lichens, water-worn features, or magnetism.
The Inukshuk art includes the Inukshuk installations themselves, as well as geo-tagged photography intended to inspire people to develop their own relationship with Penokee trout streams, ancient canyons, mossy glens, and beautiful incessant waterfalls. We hope others will follow in our footsteps, feel the wind swoop up a granite wall, play in the waterfalls and pools, and develop deep emotional connections with the landscapes we love!
Look for inukshuks at:
46 23 835, 090 25 205 (Corrigan’s lookout)
46 20 166, 90 29 205 (Tyler Forks)