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Week of January 21, 2002
Inukshuk sculpture commemorates WYD 2002
By ART BABYCH
Canadian Catholic News
A nine-metre high permanent sculpture commemorating World Youth Day 2002 will be erected on the shore of Lake Ontario this spring.
The sculpture will be located at a site close to the area where hundreds of thousands of young people will receive the sacrament of Reconciliation during WYD in July.
A delegation from the City of Toronto unveiled a model of the stone sculpture created by aboriginal artist Kellypalik Qimirpik at a ceremony Jan. 11.
The sculpture "will help to remind us of this unique and exceptional event long after the last pilgrims leave for home," said Councillor Joe Mihevc.
He said the sculpture, called an Inukshuk, is an important symbol for Canada's native people. Familiar in the North, the Inukshuk "keeps vigil over the land," said Mihevc. "It remains a symbol for safe harbour in an uncertain world."
It is one that "appeals to many faiths and all cultures, and will be a reminder of this memorable occasion for years and generations to come."
The sculpture, which is to be lit 24 hours a day, cost $200,000. Toronto covered $50,000 of the tab. A fundraising campaign was launched to cover the remaining costs.