Standing Tall

Copyright 2016, Public Art of Toronto. All rights reserved.

Pillars of Justice, 2007
Located: McMurtry Gardens of Justice (361 University Avenue)
Artist: Edwina Sandys
Website: http://www.edwinasandys.com
Contact: edwinasandys@me.com
Copyright 2016, Public Art of Toronto. All rights reserved.

 

mgj-mapThe first piece of art installed at The McMurtry Gardens of Justice was Edwina Sandys’ Pillars of Justice in 2007. The statue, executed in steel, is  composed of a 20-foot pediment supported by eleven columns fashioned into stylized masculine and feminine figures. It is meant to represent the right of a Canadian citizen to be tried by a jury of their peers.

The sculpture stands at forefront of the gardens, immediately before the entrance to the Superior Court of Justice, Criminal division, serving as a reminder of the pre-eminence of the trial by jury system in the Canadian system of justice. Trial by jury is meant to serve as a check and balance against over arching governmental power, ensuring that a plaintiff is never solely at the mercy of the government, but their fate is decided by the community as represented by twelve individuals. Jury trials also allow a country’s citizens to directly participate in government while giving them a voice in both criminal and civil justice systems.

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