It’s hot, it’s sunny and it’s a long weekend. What should I do? Well I’m in Huntsville so I guess now would be a good time to visit the Screaming Skulls. What are the Screaming Skulls? It is an art installation of Peter Camani. You can find this hidden gem on the Midlothian Ridge -just west of Burk’s Falls. In addition to the sculptures you’ll find in this improbably location there is also that artist’s home dubbed “Midlothian Castle“.
As much as I enjoyed the art what I found most interesting was that absolute lack of signage. There are no arrows pointing you this way and that. There are no descriptions of what you are looking at. Living near Toronto I’ve been to some of our country’s largest and best funded museums. Those facilities provide all kinds of clues on what to do so that even the dimmest of visitors will get something out of their visit. This installation is nothing like those. The whole place has an organic feel. When visiting this site you really feel like you are visiting the artist’s studio and well, yes, you are actually visiting his studio at least the part of it open to the public.
The location is popular among geocachers and was featured in Latitude 47 as the cache of the month.