Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Mason's Craft

As work crews and stonemasons rebuilt Centre Block after the fire, they went all out in leaving the signature of their skills all over. There are symbols of the country to be found in their carvings, as well as customized work, very intricate carvings that lend the building an artistic sensibility. This is in keeping with the other buildings on Parliament Hill, which all have craftmanship in their details.

The main entrance to Centre Block, at the base of the Peace Tower, has many such details curving around its front arch, provincial symbols from across the country, and finely worked etchings.


Flanking the visitor on the way in or out are two animals, representing the English and French roots of the country. The lion bears the Union Jack and crested shield of Britain.


While the unicorn bears the crest and fleur-de-lys of the French. Both figures mix well with the stonework behind.


Even in small ways, the craftmanship of the stonemasons show themselves. This is right around the corner on the tower, less formal than the front arch, but the artistic streak does show itself.


Another carving, and this one is inside the tower, a small face on the wall near the elevator up to the observation deck. 


This last sculpture of this set is also inside, a stylistic carving high over Confederation Hall, the large lobby one walks into beyond the main entrance. I'll show you that area in the next blog.


20 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, William!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  2. This is fantastic and one can only admire the craftsmanship.

    What really amazes me though is how they did it when they were building the cathedrals 8 centuries ago!

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    1. I'd say trial and error, but those places took decades to build!

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  3. I love to see the carvings on the old buildings and these ones are in such wonderful condition. Fabulous!

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    1. They're a good place to visit, despite the lunatics who work in there!

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  4. Excellent shots. And beautiful work by the stone masons. Being an artist, I enjoy seeing another's work when it's done so well. Thankful that they chose to replace all the beautiful art for people to enjoy. Now a days new buildings go up in a matter of months, and it's as decorative as a paper bag.
    Thanks for sharing, William!

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    1. They outdid themselves in their work here.

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  5. Beautiful carvings! I'm always impressed by the work stonemasons do!

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  6. Great shots!
    This is my first time here, and I have found a very good work.
    Ottawa brings me many remainds. First time I heard it was in Alicante (Spain) because a discotheque had that name (80's).

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    1. An odd name for a discotheque across the pond!

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  7. These are beautiful. I love great carvings.

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  8. These are beautiful. Finding these old treasures is such a treat. Thanks so much.
    And also thanks very much for your kind comments throughout the postings of my trip west and back.

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