August 2017 - Toronto ON
Another sculpture that deserves its own post. This is also on Front St. in the Simcoe Place parkette within steps are some other sculptures. The memorial to 100 Workers is in the same park.
Simcoe Place was the location of the seat of the Parliament of Upper Canada from 1829 to 1841. Simcoe Place is named for John Graves Simcoe who was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada (now Ontario) and the founding father of Toronto (then York). It was his surveyors who cleared the road leading north to Lake Simcoe - Yonge Street.
We came across Simcoe at the Victoria Memorial Park in another post.
Titled Campsite Founding it was created by Brad Golden and Lynne Eichenberg in 1994 to commemorate the founding of Toronto.
The installation is made up of many separate pieces which all come together to form a campsite from the past. The sculpture centres around a large covering, which looks like a tarp or the top of a tent, which is tied down by guide wires to eight granite posts on each side of the sideless tent.
Under this open roof/tent is a large table with assorted things that depict what lives might have been like then with survey equipment, maps and charts as one might have seen in a surveyor.s campsite during the time of Governor Simcoe.
I haven't read any indication that the section under the table represents a canoe but it looks like it to me.
A painting done by Elizabeth Simcoe.