Canmore, Alberta, Canada: The Big Head

The town of Canmore gets its name from the Gaelic "big head," so artist Al Henderson created a literal translation: a bald man's head emerging from the ground. It's a Big Head.
Main St., Canmore, AB, Canada
East edge of downtown, just west of Trans-Canada Hwy exit 89. On the north side of Main St., on the east bank of the bridge over Policeman's Creek, between 6th Ave. and Railway Ave.
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The Big Head.

The Big Head

The Big Head. Very realistic carving.

[Kirsten Hammond, 04/17/2013]

Canmore means "big head" (or great leader) in Gaelic. The head was sculpted for the town in 2008 by artist Alan Henderson based on the clean-shaven dome of a friend. The 7 1/2 ton stone head is sometimes augmented with big prank hats.

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