One Tin Soldier

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Monument to the War of 1812, 2008
Located: Corner of Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard
Artist: Douglas Coupland
Commissioned by: Malibu Investments
Website: http://www.coupland.com
Copyright 2016, Public Art of Toronto. All rights reserved.

In the week leading up to Remembrance Day on November the 11th, PATO will be featuring various memorials to Canada’s valiant war heroes.

The Monument to the War of 1812 was designed by Coupland, ever the provocateur, in part as a statement against American revisionism of the War of 1812. Despite American claims otherwise, the Gold Soldier, a member of the 1813 Royal Newfoundland Regiment according to his uniform, has vanquished the American aggressor, the Silver Soldier, kitted out as a member of the 16th United States Infantry Regiment. Like the Gold Soldier, the British withstood the American attacks, turning them back at the border, victorious.

From the authenticity of the uniforms to the flashing at the seams of the figures, Coupland’s attention to detail is a testament to how seriously he conceived this piece. To some, it may seem glib or even disrespectful to the people who died, but his feelings regarding the validity of using armies as a means of resolving conflict are anything but.

Getting caught up? Read Part One here.

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