After deciding on Barre Grey granite for this memorial—a tribute to lives lost in a pivotal war for Canada—we arranged with the quarry to have premium pieces extracted to produce the shapes specified for the boats and the plinth. The artist worked closely with our team throughout the process, which ensured that the placement and shape of the various figures matched her vision.
Using models provided by the artist, we created two granite boats and the center plinth to spec. Our in-house sculptor then carved out the feet to ensure the bronze figures could be securely fastened. When some new requirements arose, we were able to make minor changes to accommodate them.
During this project we also handled a number of logistical challenges, including delivery of the bronze, arrangement of transportation of the granite and securing of approvals for installation, which took place after hours to minimize disruption on Parliament Hill.