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Winterfell Has Moved From Westeros To Alberta

This guy rocks.

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There's one Winterfell where no one's being flayed or beheaded or otherwise gruesomely murdered, and it can be found on the banks of the Elbow River near Calgary.

Luke Materi

Artist Luke Materi has put hundreds of hours into building a miniature city out of rocks and driftwood in Bragg Creek, Alberta. A big fan of Game of Thrones, Materi named the project Winterfell after starting its construction last summer.

Luke Materi

The central structure is called the Red Keep, also a nod to Game of Thrones, while other names are inspired by fantasy games like Skyrim and Dragon Age.

Luke Materi
Luke Materi

"I call it natural land art, basically," Materi, 37, told BuzzFeed Canada. The entire project spans about 250 feet and has become a landmark for locals as well as tourists who stumble upon it.

Luke Materi
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"They’ve all loved it and have gotten inspiration," said Materi. "There’s a few people who cried when they got on site."

Luke Materi

A plumber by day, Materi uses projects like this as a way to get out of the city and get creative. "But also to have a positive difference, to make a positive contribution to society," he said.

Luke Materi

The 2013 floods in Southern Alberta are what pushed all the rocks and driftwood he's building with ashore. "It’s basically just kind of showing that you can’t really have creation without destruction," he said. "It’s sort of that circle of life."

He's still working away at the project on weekends, building new structures, and clearing pathways for visitors."The end goal is just to finish the castle with all the details and to make it last two or three years," he said.
Luke Materi

He's still working away at the project on weekends, building new structures, and clearing pathways for visitors.

"The end goal is just to finish the castle with all the details and to make it last two or three years," he said.

This isn't his first project, either. This, for example, is Reachwater Keep, a castle he made under an overpass.

Luke Materi

And this is Solitude, built on a small island where the most frequent visitors are Canada geese.

Luke Materi

You can follow Materi's work — and his feathered friends — on his Facebook page.

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