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Big Rock

In the town of Campbell River, British Columbia, the geology is characterized by remnants from the last ice age: archipelagos, fjords and glacial deposits. One glacial deposit in particular dominates all the others. Known simply as Big Rock, it sits just below the high tide mark and marks the entrance to a coastal community of the same name. There are several first nations legends involving the rock, Captain George Vancouver allegedly noted it in his log book, and some form of paint or graffiti has covered its surface for generations. Yet Big Rock has existed in this place long before any civilizations. This project explores the intersection of time scales and the uniqueness of Big Rock. It is both a natural as well as a societal landmark, a confluence of the effects of human experience and geologic time.