Saturday, June 29, 2013

Where's my Backpack?

The weekly theme is SCULPTURE.

June 2013 - Toronto Ontario

For my first entry I am posting a sculpture located at Queen's Quay dedicated to fallen firefighters.

Slightly to the East, near the South end of Station 334 is the sculptural group Last Alarm, dedicated to the memory of Toronto firefighters who died in the line of duty. The inscribed names of fallen firefighters span the period from 1848 to the present day. The focal point of the memorial is the free standing bronze sculpture of a Toronto firefighter cradling a rescued infant. The scale is 1 ¼ greater than life size. To the left and right of the central figures are stylized high relief forms in bronze symbolizing flames. The flames form part of the contoured polished black granite panel which forms the backdrop for the sculpture. The sculpture and plinth stand in the centre of a circle paved with flagstones of varying colour which create a mosaic effect.
The memorial, the work of Yolanda van der Gaast, was officially dedicated on 1 October, 2000. In the raised centre part of the granite panel is a Maltese cross set into a circular opening. The section with the Maltese cross was designed to cast a moving shadow across the Station 334’s East wall with the rising of the morning sun.

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