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The Canadian Phalanx

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Municipality/Province: Ottawa, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-015

Type: Granite sculpture

Address: 284 Wellington Street

Location: On Lyon Street, between West Memorial Building and East Memorial Building

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.4196827   Long: -75.7055321

During the first World War, a committee headed by Lord Beaverbrook commissioned a vast collection of documentary art to commemorate Canada's participation in the war. Given as a gift to Canada in 1920, the Canadian War Memorial collection includes the marble relief entitled "The Canadian Phalanx" by the Yugoslavian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic. The granite architecture frame in which it was set was designed by D.A. Topolski in 1972. (City of Ottawa Archives)

The three and one-half tonne stone panel is almost three metres long and two metres high. The National Capital Region architect B.A. Topolski designed the relief's grey granite frame, reminiscent of the towering pylons of the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge.

The Canadian Phalanx is located at the Memorial Buildings and Arch.

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