Landmark, Memorial

“Triumph through Diversity” – War of 1812 Memorial



Adrienne Alison


Parliament Hill, East Block, Ottawa




Barre Grey

“…A dynamic national tribute to the spirit, courage and bravery of those who served and successfully defended their land in the fight for Canada.” (Government of Canada)


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.


“Of the three large granite bases they supplied, the 9-foot-diameter-by-2-feet-tall central plinth was cut from one, single piece of granite. An amazing feat in itself. The boat shapes on either side were cut exactly as I had sculpted them in the maquette.

At least five HGH staff were involved in fitting the bronze sculptures on to the three bases at the company before it was transported to Ottawa. This was a very tricky and time consuming process.

HGH Granite responded to my concerns and the project’s challenges in a timely fashion, and provided competitive pricing for a project with a very tight time line. They fulfilled their production schedule, kept in touch on a regular basis, and HGH president Don Hardwick brought stone samples personally to my studio.

I would certainly work on another project with HGH.”

—Adrienne Alison,
Project Artist

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