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September 26, 2003
Finalists announced in Trudeau Memorial artist competition
  
Culture - The City of Toronto's Trudeau Memorial Committee today announced the
finalists in a design competition for a public memorial to honour the late
Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The memorial will be located along
Toronto's central waterfront.

Finalists in the competition are John McEwen, Stephen Cruise and the team of
Colette Whiten and Paul Kipps. All bring a wealth of experience in the design
and construction of public art for major public spaces across Canada.

The artist selection committee consists of: Denise LeClerc, Associate Curator
of Modern Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada; Louise Dompierre, President
and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton; Charles Pachter, the celebrated artist; Mark
Reid, a Toronto-based landscape architect and urban designer and member of
Toronto's Art Committee for Public Places; and Alexandre (Sacha) Trudeau,
film-maker and son of the late Prime Minister.

"We want to commemorate the life and contributions of the late Prime Minister,"
said Councillor Mario Silva (Ward 18, Davenport), chairman of the Trudeau
Memorial Committee. "As a young new Canadian growing up in Toronto during the
Trudeau years, Mr. Trudeau represented the new vision of Canada: vibrant,
daring, youthful and unceasingly intriguing. I strongly believe that a monument
should be displayed to commemorate his contribution to Canada and for all the
innovation and brilliance that he came to represent for Canadians. Its location
on Toronto's central waterfront will make it easy for Torontonians and others
to visit."

The City of Toronto will contribute $125,000 and the land for the memorial.
Additional funding will be sought from individuals and corporations.

Media contacts:
Economic Development Culture and Tourism Media Hotline,
416-560-8726
Terry Nicholson, Manager, Cultural Affairs, City of Toronto,
416-392-4166
Karen Mills, Public Art Management, 1-905-572-9159



 

 

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