JOURNEYMAN's "CaminoArt" is based on milestone markers encountered along the way on all Camino routes. These weathered and grey stone markers are often referred to as "bollards" or "mojónes."
Milestone markers are placed strategically along the Camino, usually at crossroads and junctions, where you may scratch your head wondering which way to go. JOURNEYMAN's songs "Mister Mojón," "Along The Way," and "Signs" mention these prominent milestone markers.
The primary purpose of each stone marker is to provide direction and distance. Direction is provided by a yellow arrow pointing to the path travelers are to follow. Distance (in kilometers) to Santiago de Compostela is displayed at the bottom of marker.
Near the top of each milestone marker is an embedded tile displaying the Camino's primary symbol, the scallop shell. In the Galicia Region, the fingers (or rays) of the scallop shell point towards Santiago de Compostela. Interestingly, in other regions of Spain, the heel of the scallop shell points towards Santiago de Compostela. Confusing? You bet!
JOURNEYMAN's CaminoArt was created for a mini-Camino hosted by Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, Lake Forest California. This church is believed to be the only church in the world that shares the same name as the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. JOURNEYMAN constructed and painted 24 bollards. These bollards were placed alongside the mini-Camino trail.
The pictures of the grey bollards at the bottom of the page are real life examples of milestone markers encountered on the Camino.
Last, a thank you to Pilgrims Linda Gomez and Priscilla Brown who provided significant support (i.e., labor) during the bollard construction process.