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Muskoka’s Most Talked About Piece of Art has a New Home

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The statue formerly known as Koilos now resides in the Cranberry Capital of Ontario

July 6, 2018 – MUSKOKA ON

If art is supposed to spark conversation, then the statue formerly known as Koilos is doing its job and then some.

Created by sculptor Michael Christian, the statue was on display at the Distillery District in Toronto from 2009 until 2013 and was very popular among visitors. Then one day, this 2,000 pound monster was gone.

Purchased by a private buyer, Koilos resurfaced in Muskoka during the summer of 2013 and created quite the stir when he appeared at the end of a dock on Lake Muskoka. This one-of-a-kind piece of art instantly became the most interesting piece of cottage decor in Muskoka.

Understandably, social media blew up and Koilos on Lake Muskoka became the story of summer ’13 in Muskoka.

Fast forward 5 years later and the legend of this famous (or infamous depending on what side of the fence you are on) statue continues to grow, resurfacing in Bala of all places.

Put up for adoption and looking to go to a good home, the statue formerly known as Koilos was rescued by a local art lover and artist and brought to Bala. The new owner goes by the name Muskoka Mike and the statue is a part of his new Food Truck + Art Gallery corner right on the main drag in Bala (Muskoka Road 169, directly across the street from Muskoka BearWear).

Muskoka Mike just calls his new installation ‘Gorgon’ – but locals have bestowed their own nickname on this 4 metre tall monster – the Bala Bog Monster!

Already the statue has created quite the buzz, with people flocking to town to snap a photo with this odd creature. If you are tagging on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #balabogmonster


Whilst Visting Bala

Bala is a charming and fun town to visit. Whilst paying a visit to the Bala Bog Monster, plan some fun around town!


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