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Designers shortlisted for Canal Fallen Workers Memorial

Posted on Friday February 28, 2014

The Design Selection Panel of the Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force is pleased to announce that it has chosen a short list of four designers for the memorial.

A total of 31 submissions were received by the panel, which were evaluated according to how well they met the design submission.

One of the following four design firms will be chosen to design the Fallen Workers Memorial:

Eldon Garnet is a public sculptor, a photo based artist and writer based in Toronto. He has taught at the Ontario College of Design and the University of Toronto. His 25-year career has included public acclaim for works such as The Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial in downtown Toronto, which incorporates two bronze figures, a railroad trestle and a landscape of large stones.

The Dereck Revington Studio includes artists and architects experienced in the design of cultural buildings, public art, landscapes and memorials. Their public art project The Luminous Veil graces the sides of the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto, and is made of steel, wood and limestone. It will be expanded in time for the opening of the Pan Am Games to include a light installation, The Luminous Gateway, to transform the bridge at night.

Muse Atelier is comprised of Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew from Vancouver. Their work in the public realm is made of diverse materials, from light-emitting diodes and video to granite, steel and glass. Their Calgary Police Officers and Firefighters Tribute Plaza transformed an area of downtown Calgary and created a perfect setting for ceremonies, personal tributes and community encounters.

Reinhard Reitzenstein of Grimsby and Wilk Associates Landscape Architect Ltd. of Toronto have worked together on several highly successful projects that merged landscape, art and the natural environment. With 40 years of experience as an artist and a career respected across Canada, Reitzenstein’s work with Wilk on the Kernaston Gardens Park and Distant Bridge projects in Toronto are celebrated by the local communities they have transformed with plant materials, stone, bronze and their combined artistic and landscape skill sets.

The Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial Task Force was formed to find an appropriate way to commemorate the 130 workers who lost their lives during the construction of the Welland Canal.

More information on the task force can be found here  

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