Detail of carving

The Carving of Canada

A Tale of Parliamentary Gothic, by Munroe Scott

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Detail of carving

Singing Children detail from the Franchise Stone in the Constitution Stones, House of Commons, Ottawa.

"Into the mouths of the singing children he seemed to carve the words O-Can-a-da."
The Carving of Canada, Pg. 144.

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"And she took mallet and chisel and went to the foyer of the Green Chamber. There on a column of stone embedded in the balcony parapet she carved a family of cave dwellers, primitive creatures not yet fully human but wielding crude tools and nurturing children. And so it was that long before there was Canada there was Man, Woman, and Child."
The Carving of Canada., Pg. 29

detail of stained glass window in House of Commons

"She imagined his ship, driven ahead by full-bellied sails but being held from shore by the sheer force of fish. Cabot grew under 'Ti'Elen's chisel and so did his serpent-prowed ship. Carver Wilfrid Filion drew fish from the depths of the stone and arranged them in unyielding opposition to the encroaching vessel. Together they carved Business and Nature beginning eternal conflict in North America."
The Carving of Canada., Pg.37

 

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Cabot's Ship, Frieze of History,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

detail of stained glass window in House of Commons

 

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Jacques Cartier, Frieze of History,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

 

"She imagined Cartier, already bludgeoned by the heat of summer and almost destroyed by the cold of winter, having his own fearful visions of the unknown. With hammer, chisel and drill she carved him standing with one foot on shore, straining to see and to record what he could never see, for, being a sailor, his other foot was firmly planted on board ship. Around the ship multiple moons floated on the invisible flowing tide of Time."
The Carving of Canada., Pg. 38

detail of stained glass window in House of Commons

"But the Freedom she created was more than mere liberty. It was a terrible Freedom indeed, for it was the Freedom to Choose.... But 'Ti'Elen stood frightened at what she had done, for in exercising the gift of Freedom to Choose the people could choose to lose that freedom, and without it, all would be lost."
The Carving of Canada., Pg. 85

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Freedom, Frieze of History,
Parliament Buildings, Ottawa

Sculptor Eleanor Milne

Sculptor, Eleanor Milne

detail of stained glass window in House of Commons
Detail from stained glass window British Columbia,
House of Commons


After studying film at York University, Ian Scott became a freelance film lighting technician working on feature film locations as far afield as Budapest, the Great Wall of China, and the jungles of Borneo. He then moved behind the camera as an independent Director of Photography. His venture as a still photographer into the Centre Block of Canada's Parliament Buildings is only one phase of what is proving to be a fascinating and wide ranging career. E-mail Ian at idscott@rogers.com


Photographer Ian Scott

Photographer, Ian Scott

 

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