Artists' Point
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Balancing Rocks at Artists' Point
Following a business trip to the Twin Cities, I decided to take a few days off and head up to the north shore of Lake Superior, just to see what was there. I made it as far north as the town of Grand Marais, where adjacent to the downtown area lies a T-shaped peninsula known as Artists' Point, so named because the scenery of the area has often served as an inspiration for artists of all types. The peninsula is small and rocky, with a small forest located at the northeastern end. Next to the water, I immediately noticed dozens of miniature sculptures that passers by had created by stacking rocks of various shapes and sizes on top of one another. People were milling about, gathering and stacking their rocks as I walked around the lakefront. Some rock stacks had already been completed, with their creators nowhere in sight. I was especially drawn to the sculpture in the foreground of the above picture, which featured two rocks so precariously balanced that I was afraid to even breathe as I crept up to take the shot. I left Artists' Point wondering if the sculptures were simply works of art, creations of tourists with nothing better to do, or whether they represented something altogether deeper and more meaningful.
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