The problem with Peace through Valour, is that it can be easily be overlooked.
The collateral damage was extensive, something that Ken Lum doesn’t shy away from. You do not have to look closely at the 3D printed sculpture you can see piles of rubble in city squares, collapsed walls and what appears to be a destroyed church dome.
Peace through Valour was a gift from the Italian-Canadian community in honour of the more than 93,000 Canadian troops that fought to liberate Italy from the Nazis.
Per Ardua is not completely horrible. It is simply not the lofty memorial that the brave men who fought and died for our freedom in the skies above Europe deserve.
The statue adheres to the style of the day. In 1910, one didn’t question the rightness of war, only celebrated for the glory thereof.
In 1909, Canadian Senator James Mason commissioned Walter Seymour Allward to create a memorial that would commemorate Canada’s participation in the Boer War.
The conflict in South Africa is really not a part of our national dialogue, which is why I was surprised that the beautiful memorial located at University Avenue and Queen Street was dedicated to those who had served during this campaign.
Is the Monument to the War of 1812 is a worthy memorial to those who fought and died in the last martial conflict on Canadian soil?
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.
At the corner of Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, is 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…