Many of us who make this Island our home are deeply connected, and interconnected, with her sacred energies. Ganges, and Mahon Hall, are at the heart of our beautiful island. We welcome many visitors here throughout the year, especially in the summer when Mahon Hall becomes a natural gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

The Salt Spring Island Wayfinding Project is an installation that reflects and honours various sites on our Island. Through the Project, Mahon Hall becomes not just the gathering place but also the hub that viewers can journey from to visit each of the locations represented in the installation. My role as artist is to act as a wayfinder, to discover and work intuitively at and from different sites on the island, bringing back visual signs to share with viewers. These visual signs can then act as markers to help facilitate viewers on their own journey and understanding of the Island. The Salt Spring Island Wayfinding Project creates a circle of completion through viewer interaction, exploration and ideally the journeying of viewers to the various sites to collect their own experiences and sharing their photos on Instagram #ssiwayfindingproject. Through this Wayfinding Project we are collaborating and creating a web of interconnection between the Island, her sites, site energies, stored memories, nature and each other.

Special thanks to Robin Logan, Trish Wheeler and Bob at Apple Photo!

Ingrid Koivukangas