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January 15, 2001
Photo Opportunity: South African War Memorial restored to original splendour
  
Culture -- The bronze peace figure perched on the top of the South African War
Memorial, a 90-foot granite column overlooking University Avenue, was re-united
today with the three lower figures representing "Mother Canada" and the
Canadian infantry and cavalry contingents in the South African War.

The re-installation of the three lower figures will mark the completion of a
conservation project to restore the four bronze figures on the war memorial to
their former glory. The peace figure was re-installed in November.

When the sculptures were originally installed in 1910-11, they were dark brown.
Over the years, humidity and environmental pollution corroded the bronze and
the details were lost. The conservation work over the summer removed the
corrosion. The angel's crown was regilted and the figures were coated with wax
to protect them from future damage.

The South African War Memorial is one of 180 monuments and art pieces owned and
maintained by the City of Toronto's Culture division. The inscription on the
monument reads:

To the memory and in honour of
the Canadians who died
defending the empire in the
South African War
1899-1902

The South African War Memorial is the work of the prominent Canadian artist
Walter Seymour Allward. Other examples of his work can be seen at Queen's Park.
He is best known for the Vimey Ridge Memorial in France.

Time: 11:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2001
Place: University Avenue at Queen Street

In the event of inclement weather, the positioning of the peace figure will be
postponed and the media will be advised of the new date and time of the event.


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