Where in the World is Innkeeper Ian?

posted on March 13, 2011 by Ian MacPhee

Every now and then someone crosses your path and opens your eyes to something new. Sometimes it's a way of dress or a style of cooking and other times it's more esoteric. Today, while out walking Hamish the Westie along Dallas Road I ran into Tim Van Horne.

He's no household name but as a Canadian and a Victorian I was peripherally aware of his art project, Canadian Mosaic - A Celebration of Canada's Cultural Identity.  Here's an explanation from Tim's website:

"The Canadian Flag Mosaic started out in January 2010 with 2010 faces from every province and territory in Canada. As of August first, the mosaic has grown with 3102 Canadian faces and counting! Quite an accomplishment for just one Canadian boy to pull off. Photographer, Tim Van Horn has made the Canadian Mosaic his life mission, since October first 2008, Tim has been busy traveling across Canada photographing 1000's of Canadians.

In 2017 the mosaic comes to completion for Canada's 150th birthday with upwards of 20,000 portraits from small fishing villages to huge city centres and everything in between!

This will be the largest portrait of Canada ever under taken and will put a face to the most culturally diverse country on the planet.

Each month until 2017, the mosaic will be updated with new faces. Stop back and watch as the mosaic grows into this amazing patchwork of humanity and life."

As you can probably guess Tim asked me if I would take part and allow my picture to be taken.  Of course I agreed and apparently I will be part of the Victoria Mosaic.  So....can you find InnkeeperIan at http://victoriamosaic.ca/ ?  Let me know and be sure to consider helping Tim out with a lil' donation!


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