The statue in the Larry Sefton Memorial Park was designed by Jerome Markson, a notable local architect.
Larry Sefton was a union organiser and director of District 6 with the United Steelworkers of America for twenty years. Sefton was such an inspirational and well regarded figure, so much so that in 1977 the United Steelworkers of America donated the land for the parkette to the city, as well as a memorial statue in his honour.
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.
Since that time, a $40 million dollar revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square has seen further improvements to the space occupied by the memorial.
As imposing in bronze as in real life, Sir Winston Churchill’s memorial can be found in the northwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square.
What do you give the city that has everything?