Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday Sculpture

 Sculpture Saturday

The University of Toronto is an outdoor art gallery without an entrance fee.

The bronze statue that stands in front of the John M. Kelly library was created by the renowned Canadian sculptor William McElcheran.
If you look at the statue from the street, you will see a crowd of people going about their business.

 If you look at the side facing the library, you will also see a smaller, more contemplative group of people, some of whom you may recognize. McElcheran deliberately included the faces of many contemporary and ancient scholars and teachers. Some of these individuals, such as Einstein or Gandhi, are easy to make out. 

From left to right, you can see the following figures:

Stephen Leacock, T. S. Eliot, Geoffrey Chaucer, Marshall McLuhan, Dante Alighieri, Germaine de Staël, George Bernard Shaw, George Sand, Leo Tolstoy, William Shakespeare, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, Rene Descartes, Etienne Gilson, Søren Kierkegaard, Georg Hegel, Immanuel Kant, Eugène Ionescu, Jacques Maritain, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sir Isaac Newton, St. Theresa of Avila, St. Augustine, Albert Einstein, Eldridge Cleaver, John Henry Newman, Barbara Ward, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, Mahatma Gandhi, Herman Kahn.

Some of these scholars — for example, Marshall McLuhan and Etienne Gilson — have taught at St. Mike’s and even used the Kelly library.


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