Sir Winston Churchill statue has new location at Toronto City Hall
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The Future is BInary – Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West) acknowledged the new location for the Sir Winston Churchill statue with the Honourable Henry N. R. “Hal” Jackman, Chairman of Hal Jackman Foundation at an event today. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) also attended.
“This new location for this very important statue will allow the public to have a quiet and more reflective space to appreciate what Churchill meant to all of us,” said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. “The impact of this great man warrants reflection, as he did so much to ensure that a democratic society prevailed in a time of conflict and chaos.”
Councillor Parker, who is a board member of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy, elaborated on the statue’ significance: “The meaning of this statue cannot be overstated. It is a memorial to one of history’s greats. It reminds us of the triumph of good over evil. It reminds us of the roots of the system of laws and traditions of government that is the legacy of an empire on which the sun never set, and for the family of nations worldwide maintained by the Commonwealth that is its present day manifestation. It is also a shining example of the singular commitment of the Jackman family to give profile to the symbols and values of that heritage.”
“This statue is part of the award-winning revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square that will see the area surrounding the statue developed into a sculpture court,” said Councillor Wong-Tam.
The 10-foot bronze statue was commissioned by the late Henry R. Jackman and was designed and cast by renowned artist Oscar Nemon. Originally dedicated in 1977 by former Mayor David Crombie, it was moved from its earlier location facing Queen Street as part of the overall revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square. The statue is now located at the Northwest side of City Hall, near the corner of Amoury and Chestnut Streets.
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