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"Rock On" Stone Sculptures in the Ottawa River, Remic Rapids, Ottawa

Updated on April 28, 2013

Tourist Attractions in Ottawa Ontario Canada

Ottawa is Canada's national capital. The city is beautiful with greenbelts and bicycle pathways enabling you to discover the beauty of nature up close and personal. It just may be one of the most beautiful cities in Ontario with the mighty Ottawa River flowing right beside it. Come with me and enjoy one of my favourite spots on the Ottawa River, Remic Rapids and the beautiful, Rock Sculptures that take on a life of their own as the sun traverses the sky above!

This is just one of many Ottawa locations offering spectacular sights for free and this is one I enjoy immensely. I had the good fortune to capture some great photographs with the changing light. See if you can pick out the people in these photos! I inadvertently made some photgraphers part of the display, but I think they add a touch of tongue in cheek humour...with apologies to the sculptor of these beautiful rock creations, John Felice Ceprano.

The year, 2011, marks the 25th Anniversary of Mr. Ceprano's creations and he has invited other artists to join him this summer along the shore of the Remic Rapids to add their unique creations to his. If you are in Ottawa this summer be sure to take a side trip to Remic Rapids!


Beautiful Natural Rock Sculptures at Remic Rapids on the Ottawa River in Ottawa Canada

The Rock scultures on the Ottawa River: a yearly attraction since 1986
The Rock scultures on the Ottawa River: a yearly attraction since 1986 | Source

Background History

The rock sculptures began to take shape in 1986. John Felice Ceprano, the artist, who immigrated to Canada from Providence, Rhode Island in 1978 and became a Canadian citizen in 1991, picks natural rock, many that contain fossils and erects the displays each spring. The winter ice and snow tend to destroy the displays and they are re-built by the artist each spring. He works alone creating these thought provoking, beautiful and inspiring natural sculptures. The artist calls the location a "power spot" and I agree, there is a quality to the location that is indeed "powerful"!

John Felice Ceprano uses the same rocks to create new displays each year. The rocks remain on site and are balanced naturally and allowed to fall apart with the seasons. So the displays are fresh every year and are totally eco friendly. Even the ducks love them!

If you take the time to enjoy the creations, you can see a theme emerging. In these photos of the sculptures, I see people going about their business and the fact I have photographers in amongst them only heightens the effect adding a bit of whimsy. I think I also see birds! You are quite welcome to see nothing except the beauty of rock and water and the changing light!


Creations of Natural Wonder

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Notice one sculpture looks very life-like...Lol.
Notice one sculpture looks very life-like...Lol. | Source
Bicycle path along Remic Rapids
Bicycle path along Remic Rapids | Source
Art or real life?
Art or real life? | Source
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Ducks enjoying art
Ducks enjoying art | Source

If You Missed the 25th Anniversary Display...Here it is in November!

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I like to call this one "the couple"...viewed from different angles, you get another impression
I like to call this one "the couple"...viewed from different angles, you get another impression | Source
A play of light and beautiful blue!
A play of light and beautiful blue! | Source
A balancing feat!
A balancing feat! | Source
Panorama of  the rock sculptures
Panorama of the rock sculptures | Source
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references:

ecologicalart.org/johfcepofbal.html  


Location of the Remic Rapids Stone Sculptures

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Remic Rapids, Ottawa, Ontario:
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  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Scribenet 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    AuraGem

    Thank you for commenting. The rock sculptures are something I enjoy seeing whenever I visit. It is amazing how art can be done with just rocks!

    Cheers!

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    AuraGem 

    7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

    I am fascinated by art that interprets the environment and works with it harmoniously! These rocks artworks would be wonderful to see through changing lights and season moods!

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    Scribenet 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Carcro, yes Ottawa is a beautiful city and the stone sculptures look great in the shallow water and changing shadows.

    Thank you for the compliments...my avatar is also my dear cat in one of his "serene" moments which seemed "just right" since he often sits by me in that pose as I write!

    Thank you for stopping by!

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    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    I was in Ottawa once years ago and it is definitely a beautiful city, I love those rock sculptures and your avatar! Thanks for sharing. Voted Up and Awesome...

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Scribenet 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Ann and Felicia, Thank for your comments! Felicia, good luck with your science project! Thank you for dropping by and commenting! Cheers!

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    felica 

    7 years ago

    so informative facts. Actually I wanted them for my science project! You rock !!!!!!

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    ann 

    7 years ago

    very nice

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Scribenet 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    glowingrocks, these displays go up new every year in Ottawa and this spring will mark the artist,John Felice Ceprano's 25th year creating these sculptures! So they are popular!

    The rock sculptures are loved and appreciated as you can see on the photographs: people in the water taking close up shots of the almost life-sized artworks!

    Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!

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    glowingrocks 

    7 years ago from New York

    Very nice hub.Seen this type of work being done in Maine along the coast line in 2009 and to see it is also done in Canada is amazing.Thanks for sharing this here on hubpages.

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    Scribenet 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Hey, Swords of Fire, Look what fame it brought Ceprano! Just take photos and post them on Hubpages and the crowds will come! ;)

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    Scribenet 

    7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Ceprano,

    I will be there to visit the 2011, 25th celebration year of your rock sculptures at Remic Rapids! I can hardly wait! The sculptures are so beautiful and the changing light at that location enhances the effect! I love them!

    I am ticked pink and very honoured you have dropped by and left your comments!

    Thank you also for giving us the name of Peter Ridell, the artist on the Humber River!

    Continued success and CONGRATULATIONS on 25 years of beautiful rock sculptures coming up in the new year! Rock on Ceprano!

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    ceprano 

    7 years ago

    the artist behind the art; a rock under the sun in water//

    if 2011 happens, it will be 25th year celebration

    peace love eterity

    BTW... it's Peter Ridell doing the Hummer River art... we've both been posted in the same mag "STONEXUS", Sante Fe, NM... "the art of balancing stones" 2007

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    ceprano 

    7 years ago

    the artist behind the art; a rock under the sun in water//

    if 2011 happens, it will be 25th year celebration

    peace love eterity

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Scribenet 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Charlinx, I knew also of that news item of the sculptures in the Humber River, but never did find out if it was the same artist! Glad you liked these sculptures! Thanks for commenting!

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    Charlinex 

    8 years ago

    That's so cool! Someone was doing the same in Humber River in Toronto. Or was it the same person? It was a pity that I was not able to go there to take a look when it happened.

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    Scribenet 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Eiddwen, I am so pleased you liked my Hub. John Felice Ceprano, the artist, has done a great job creating these works of art and I am glad you share my appreciation of them! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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    Eiddwen 

    8 years ago from Wales

    What an absolutely beautiful hub scribenet. I had never come across this type of art before either. You bought the whole hub to life with your words and photos. I have only just found you on here and I will definitely be back to read more of your work in a bit. I am giving this a beautiful, awesome and voting it up.Thank you so much for sharing. Take care.

  • Scribenet profile imageAUTHOR

    Scribenet 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    RunAbstract Thanks, I thought they were quite interesting and beautiful, and I guess so do the other people who photograph them, so glad you liked them as well!

    habee, Thanks! I enjoyed sharing them!

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    Holle Abee 

    8 years ago from Georgia

    This is amazing! thanks for sharing it!

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    RunAbstract 

    8 years ago from USA

    Wow! This is fantastic! I had never heard of this kind of art before. So glad you shared this!

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