Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Politics In Sculpture
I've always been fascinated by this sculpture which is in Queen's Park beside the main legislature building of the Government of Ontario. It looks religious to me but its inscription tells you that it was done in memory of William Lyon MacKenzie who was the first mayor of Toronto (1834) and also a member of Parliament. The piece commemorates "the struggle for responsible government in Upper Canada and the pioneers of a political system which unites in free association the nations of the British Commonwealth". The bronze and granite piece was done in 1940 by artist Walter Seymour Allward who did many of the commemorative sculptures around town.