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Mysterious Stone Cairns at the Burlington Waterfront

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There was plenty of art on display this weekend during Burlington's 21st annual South End Art Hop. I spent hours on Friday and Saturday wandering through galleries and gaping at outdoor installations.

I always feel a little sad driving into town on Monday morning after the artists have packed up and gone home. So I was excited today to find a little sculpture garden growing down on the Burlington waterfront.

I went for a walk this morning and counted about 150 stone cairns standing on the rocky shore between ECHO and the observation deck on the boardwalk.

Some cairns are made from heavy slabs of granite, tilted at an angle, some incorporate metal or driftwood. I climbed down onto the beach and walked among them, snapping photos.

Who made these stone sculptures? I've called around to Burlington Parks and Rec and Burlington City Arts, but they don't seem to know. I even reached out to Jacques-Paul Marton, who created these cairns in South Burlington. "I am not the person responsible," he writes in an email, "but I am elated that Cairns are appearing elsewhere. It's an ancient Spirit that occurs spontaneously all over the World." 

Maybe. But it also reminds me of last winter's impromptu public art project in City Hall Park. I wonder if those guys are responsible?

Here are a few photos, to ease your Art Hop withdrawal: