George-Étienne Cartier Monument

The Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument is a monument in Montreal, Quebec, in the Mount Royal Park to George-Étienne Cartier by sculptor George William Hill (1862–1934).

Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument
Liberty backlit by the Sun
Coordinates
LocationMount Royal Park
DesignerGeorge William Hill
TypeHistorical Monument
MaterialBronze, Stanstead granite
Width8.75 metres (28.7 ft)
Height30.78 metres (101.0 ft)
Beginning date1913
Completion date1919
Opening dateSeptember 6, 1919
Dedicated toGeorge-Étienne Cartier

The monument, which is topped by a winged Goddess of Liberty, was inaugurated on September 6, 1919 in the heart of Fletcher's Field west side. In temperate months it is the site of free weekly drum circle festivals informally called Tam-Tams.[1]

On the front, or East side of the monument, George-Étienne Cartier is portrayed standing above four other figures, each one representing a Province that signed the Canadian Confederation of 1867.

On the North side of the monument, a woman with a young girl to her right and a young boy to her left is shown holding a sword in her left hand. The boy holds out his bonded wrists in a begging manner as the girl reads a book. This scene represents Legislation.

On the South side, in a similar scene to the North side, a woman sits in the middle of a young boy who is holding a ball and a young girl who is reading a book. This represents Cartier's important contributions in education.

References

  1. "Cartier returns". Montreal Gazette. May 23, 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2010.


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