According to ancient beliefs of the Inuit people, shamans pass between the natural and spirit worlds through a stone doorway they called “tupqujaq”.*
This composition is modeled on a tupqujaq on Canada’s Baffin Island. Plantings of baby’s tears are reflective of the tiny plants and lichens that emerge in the microclimates surrounding these ancient sculptures during the short arctic summer.
*Hallendy, Norman (2009). Tukiliit: The Stone People Who Live in the Wind. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press. p. 41.