Friday, January 11, 2008

Our Lady of York (aka Deeds Speak), cont'd

Leslie Gash from Toronto Housing kindly sent me this picture (courtesy of Bird Construction), showing the two sculptures from the old 60 Richmond Street East building safely in storage.
The pieces—of the County of York coat of arms, with its motto "Deeds Speak," and a woman holding a building and a scroll and standing atop the coat of arms (I've named her "Our Lady of York")—were created by Jacobine Jones, a prominent Canadian sculptor of the mid-20th century. Jones was the sculptor behind several other bits of architectural decoration in Toronto—notably some of those on Kerr Hall on the Ryerson campus, and the four figures in high relief on the Canadiana Building, across Queen's Park Crescent West from Queen's Park.

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