|a portrait of Edouard T. Arsenault inside one of his bottle houses|
|the first PEI bottle house was built in 1980 and used 12,000 bottles|
|inside the first house|
|the second building was built in 1982 and used to be the souvenir shop|
|detail from inside the second building|
|EDNA, the Spirit of Wood|
EDNA, the Spirit of Wood, was created in 2011 by Bill Gallant from Summerside. This Manitoba Maple was the largest tree on the property and it was brought down by heavy winds in 2010. The name EDNA was chosen in honour of the oldest sister of Edouard Arsenault. She passed away at the age of 99 years the week the sculpture was being created.
|the pond is situated in the middle of the three buildings|
|inside the chapel - even the pews were constructed using bottles|
Edouard started building the chapel in 1983 and used approximately 10,000 bottles. The chapel was completed with pews and altar. The chapel had to be re-constructed in 1998.
Here are a few more photos...can you tell I was enchanted by these buildings?
Of course, the buildings can't compare to the natural beauty that the province has to offer, but it's nice to play tourist once in a while!