Monday, October 02, 2023

Screaming Heads at Midlothian Castle

Luckily the statues don't come with the associated audio as the hundred or so giant Screaming Heads would make a terrible symphony of sound. Instead the large sprawling property in Burk's Falls is nestled in the perfect slice of nature. The strange attractions found at Midlothian Castle are the creation of artist Peter Camani, a former high school art teacher, who poured concrete into a large scale sculpture garden. We thought it would be a perfect place for a medieval faire or maybe a music festival and it turns out they have an annual techno Harvest Festival in September.
The Midlothian Castle
Artist and sculptor Peter Camani at work

The site is a few minutes off of Highway 11 as it winds through the Muskoka, just 30 minutes north of Huntsville or 3 hours from Toronto. It's easier to drive there if you are already in the area and don't have to worry about the weekend cottage traffic. But once you get there the parking is free and plentiful, plus there is no cost to enter, although you can make donations in appreciation.
The three ghosts
Some of the ample parking

Walking along the edge of the parking you can see three ghost like structures, followed by the castle set beyond some impressive gates and columns then a series of small stores selling various artistic items. You can take several paths throughout the property, including a a stroll through a grass valley running beside a small creek.

See more of the Screaming Heads after the jump.

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