The hiker symbol is on a polished granite slab a little more than 2 feet high. The design was created using the petroglyph/pictograph style with a rough texture simulating the "pecked" technique and then painted black. Rocks with such symbols would be suitable for marking trails. They would not be affected by fire or beavers like wooden signs and they might be more acceptable to trail users who would rather not see metal signs on metal posts during their nature experiences. The design could be put on rocks already along the trails.
A few months ago, I read that the city of Duluth was going to be painting the "sharrows" symbol on some streets and I thought it would be an interesting design to try on a rock.Â The result was a successful combination of a modern design created using the petrogplyph/pictograph technique. The contrast of the rough texture on a polished granite slab isÂ eye-catching.
The "sharrows" symbolÂ does not designate a specific part of the roadway for bicyclists, but is used toÂ guide bicyclists to the best place to ride on the road, avoid car doors, and remind drivers to share the road with bicyclists.
The slab is about 2 feet high.
A rock near the Scanlon park and ride has smaller versions of the rock art on display farther south along the trail. This rock near the northern end of phase 1 of the St. Louis River trailÂ is about 17 feet down the trail from the bollard and about 8 feet south from the center of the trail. The purpose of the rock is to let trail users know what to expect. Some people have reportedly made their way along the trail and did not notice the rock art.
On the sample rock, the organization (counter-clockwise/east to west) of the smaller designs is based on the distribution of the larger versions along the trail from north to south.
1. Log and axe (relief)
2. Bad water (hobo symbol)
3. Railroad (hobo symbol)
4. Good water (hobo symbol)
5. Beaver tracks
The rock was donated by Richard Vukonich.
This rock shows a canoeist and canoe on a piece of granite. The granite was salvaged from a retaining wall in Duluth when the rocks were replaced by some steps. Features ofÂ this rock and others salvaged at the same time indicate that these rocks were used for something else before they were used for the retaining wall. The rock is about 24 inches wide, 15 inches high, and 5 inches wide.
This rock was donated to the Hartley Nature Center (Duluth) benefit auction and it was sold on April 28, 2011.