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Painted rock art wall in Port aux Basques inspired by similar idea in Burgeo

Shauna Strickland’s daughter, Emily, poses with the rock art wall in Burgeo. Strickland hopes to create a similar wall in Martin’s Corner.
Shauna Strickland’s daughter, Emily, poses with the rock art wall in Burgeo. Strickland hopes to create a similar wall in Martin’s Corner. - Contributed

‘Brightening up’ Martin’s Corner

CHANNEL-PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. —

JULIA GOODYEAR

On a recent visit to her hometown of Burgeo, Shauna Strickland discovered the people living and visiting there were creating something beautiful.

A community rock wall is comprised of rocks that have been painted decoratively by children, tourists and other residents of Burgeo.

Strickland, who is the economic development strategist and recreation director for Port aux Basques, was determined to bring the idea to this area. She hopes to create a similar wall at Martin’s Corner, an area of town she felt could use a little “brightening up.”

In an interview via email with the Gulf News, Strickland said she chose Martin’s Corner as the rock wall’s location because “it is a nice rock cliff and it is also a strategic point in our community as we see a lot of tourists walking through the downtown area.”

She feels it would be great to create a wall of local art.

A community rock wall carries a unifying element within it, but an added benefit of doing this is to showcase Port aux Basques in a new and creative way, she said.

Strickland believes this project will work in Port aux Basques, as so many people already enjoy painting and hiding rocks throughout the community. Facebook groups like NL Rock Art are a testament to this, as the page receives many updates throughout the week of various rocks that have been found.

As rocks are normally taken and then rehidden, Strickland will be posting a sign at Martin’s Corner to explain that people can add rocks to the wall but they should not take any.

Strickland is hoping “locals will use (the rock wall) as a space to promote local art and for people to make (paintings) unique to our culture and heritage.”

She dreams of seeing rocks specific to the area, such as boats, water scenes and astrolabes.

One of Strickland’s goals for the town of Port aux Basques is to brighten up areas that need it. However, she feels it is necessary to focus on one area at a time to ensure each area is well taken care of.

Once the explanatory sign is posted on Martin’s Corner, Strickland and the Town of Port aux Basques encourages everyone to contribute.

The rock wall will be an ongoing project, one that will continue as long as people are adding to it, she added.

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