Monuments, Plaques & Sculptures
Lord Stanley’s Gift, directed by Ottawa filmmaker Koa Padolsky, tracks the making of the monument, from its inception and the public art competition, to the behind-the-scenes manufacturing of Linda Covit’s design and celebrated unveiling. The film captures a moment in Canadian history and the genuine affection the public hold for this national emblem. Featuring NHL alumni and players, former Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a tireless design team, hockey parents and young players with dreams, this film has something for everyone.
The Making of a monument: Lord Stanley’s Gift (2017)
Duration: 16 mins
Director: Koa Padolsky
National War Memorial
The National War Memorial, also known as “The Response,” is a cenotaph symbolizing the sacrifice of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have served Canada in time of war in the cause of peace and freedom-past, present and future. The memorial is the site of the national Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11th.
This sculpture can be seen at the eastern end of Sparks Street, in Ottawa.
Made of welded copper, this lighthearted family celebrates a moment of intense joy. The artist, Bruce Garner competed for the privilege of placing his sculpture here, saying he wanted to “liven up” Sparks Street and “surprise people.”
Artist: Bruce Garner 1970
The Memorial Buildings, erected in 1949 and 1955 respectively, were designed with a sleek melding of neoclassical and copper-roofed château styles. The buildings are unusual in that they are linked by the Memorial Arch, which is not really an arch at all, but a bridge. The Memorial Arch is dedicated to all who served in the Second World War.
Terry Fox Statue
The statue of Terry Fox, which stands across from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, portrays the courage of this true national hero. At age 21, this young man began his Marathon of Hope to raise money for cancer research.
He ran for a total of 143 days, through the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. But the bone cancer that had claimed part of his right leg returned. He was forced to stop his run near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Terry Fox died on June 28, 1981, one month before his 23rd birthday.
His courage continues to inspire millions of people who each year participate in the Terry Fox Run in more than 50 countries to raise funds for cancer research.
The statue of Terry Fox was created by John Hooper in 1983.