Artwork / 2021 / Fairy Chimneys (Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah)

fairy chimneys or hoodoos of Bryce Canyon in Utah, illustration by American artist Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Fairy Chimneys (Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah)
acrylic, colored pencil, and marker on paper
11 x 7 inches

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Bryce Canyon is famous for its beautiful rock formations. Commonly referred to as “hoodoos” in the US, I prefer to call them “fairy chimneys” or even “coiffed ladies”—a direct translation of the French term for this geological artistry. “Hoodoo” falls into the same category as using “Tiki” to refer to anything but a character from Maori mythology, as explained in this video. As a non-religious person, I am continuously shocked by the way that religious people trivialize the beliefs of other religions.

You can watch the making of Fairy Chimneys.