In the week leading up to Remembrance Day on November the 11th, PATO will be featuring various memorials to Canada’s valiant war heroes.
At the corner of Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, stands a pair of toy soldiers looking for all the world as though they have been discarded by a wayward child.
Some might say they were.
The Monument to the War of 1812 was commissioned by Malibu Investments to stand outside their condominium development as part of the City of Toronto’s Percent for Public Art program. They hired Douglas Coupland, yes Gen-Xers, *THAT* Douglas Coupland to create the statue . The installation can be found steps from the Fort York National Historic Site where a pitched battle was fought in 1813.
The soldiers were conceived by Coupland and cast in steel and resin by Heavy Industries of Alberta, a company better known at the time for their life-size replicas of dinosaurs than for their artistic endeavours.