Public Art: Elora the Ghost Town

Traveling back to Waterloo after a wonderful weekend at home with family, I went through the gorgeous and quaint town of Elora, Ontario.

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Home to some great antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries, it wasn’t surprising that the town would embrace the display of Halloween-themed art installations all over!

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[ Can you spot Murton’s monsters? ]

Driving through I only got a taste of the ghostly sculptures and tried to capture as many as I could! They’ve truly taken over the town in an awesome, seasonal way.

The sculptures are part of the town’s “Monster Month” which features a myriad of events and activities for people of all ages to get in a ghoulish mood (click here for the calendar).

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The haunting yet beautiful creations are the work of local artist Tim Murton and are part of the “Twilight Zoo” – they’re displayed in Elora every year, with new creatures being created annually. Made of wire and paper they add a unique, festive twist to the beautiful architecture of Elora.

Shortly after Nuit Blanche took over Toronto, these installations offer a more thematic, longer term, and systematic display of public art on a smaller scale. Both provide great opportunities to interact with and think about how art can (and should) be integrated into our town and city landscapes!

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I hope to go back soon to take a closer look at the spooky and spunky installations. I highly recommend Elora to anyone looking for a fun day trip in Ontario, especially now if they’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit!

It’s just a 30 minute drive outside of Waterloo and the town also features a gorgeous gorge to hike once you’re finished checking out the shops and art!

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