Screaming Heads and Midlothian Castle – Ontario

Just about 4 years ago I took a drive through Algonquin National Park in Ontario.  On the trip we also headed west into Burk’s Falls to visit the famed “Screaming Heads” and Midlothian Castle.  This was a fascinating trip.

This entire project was begun by school teacher and artist Peter Camani.  He is a Secondary School teacher, but has also spent over 25 years constructing Monolith-like sculptures in the shape of giant heads, which are scattered throughout the property. A two-headed dragon sits atop the chimney of his Midlothian Castle and he has a version of the See/Say/Hear No Evils greet visitors. There are more than a hundred “screaming head” sculptures, each one at least 20 feet in height. According to Wikipedia, Camani says he “built his otherworldly creations as a warning about environmental degradation. With his paintings already hanging in such coveted places as the Vatican and Buckingham Palace,he decided to focus his energy on realizing a vision of significantly larger proportions.”

Without further explanation, here is a smattering of some of the photos I took while visiting back there in late September, 2008.

Speak No Evil
Thinking Head
Cement Tree Forest
Giant Hand
Screaming Heads from Afar
Spooky Tooth
Screaming Heads
Midlothian Castle
More Screaming Heads
Hidden Head
Screaming Heads Convention
Screaming Trees
Screaming Crowd


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5 thoughts on “Screaming Heads and Midlothian Castle – Ontario

  • Wow, these are pretty cool! I like the photo you took of the head in the distance through the mouth of the head in the foreground.

    We love roadside attractions too; the bigger, the better!

  • […] I worked in southern Ontario during a good part of 2008 and one of the most quirky and unique places I ever visited was on a farm just outside of Burk’s Falls, Ontario. Canadian secondary school teacher Peter Camani created these spooky yet fascinating landscape pieces of art, which cover quite a bit of acreage. Since the mid-1970s besides being a teacher, he has built these massive structures and amazing castle.  Burk’s Falls is way up north in Ontario, on Canadian Highway 11 west of Algonquin Provincial Park. Once there, you need to find Midlothian Road and head west.  You can’t miss this freaky place.  Read more about my visit and see more photos HERE. […]

  • […] There are more than 100 “screaming head” sculptures, each one at least 20 feet in height. According to Wikipedia, Camani says he “built his otherworldly creations as a warning about environmental degradation. With his paintings already hanging in such coveted places as the Vatican and Buckingham Palace, he decided to focus his energy on realizing a vision of significantly larger proportions.”  See my original post HERE. […]

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