Thursday, May 1, 2014

City Daily Photo Theme Day: Squares

The first of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo. For the first of May, the theme is Squares, and you can find other examples right at this link.

I chose this space outside the Heritage Building at the City Hall property. The Human Rights Monument stands here, and I have shown it to you before. Ottawa City Council has recently designated this area as Nelson Mandela Square. It is a fitting tribute to a man who held human rights so dear to his heart.


One of the plaques on the site concerns itself with the Declaration of Human Rights. It was unveiled by President Mandela in 1998 during a visit here.



The monument itself is abstract in its look; I find some of the details more interesting than the work as a whole. Over seventy stone panels can be found inside, with the words equality, dignity, and rights inscribed in the languages of the First Nations people in Canada.


I'll have some more from this monument and the Square tomorrow.

43 comments:

  1. It is a wonderful memorial. Is the first Nations language translated. I would like to know their thoughts. MB

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  2. I said in my post that squares are very democratic, because they have four equal corners and for equal angles. It seems that they might be the perfect shape for the Human Rights Monument.

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  3. I could spend some time looking at this monument and taking pictures of it. It is a very good choice for this theme day!

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  4. What a great place this is. Every city should have one.

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  5. A perfect interpretation of squares

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  6. Different but nice ! Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing !

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  7. I like your interpretation of the theme, William!

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  8. How interesting William. Really nice and good choice.

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  9. That's a great monument, and it's a good choice to show these squares today.

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  10. Linda: it was the first square that came to mind.

    MB: oh yes, it is those three words dignity equality and rights in each case translated into each language.

    Zosia: I think the designer had that notion in mind for the stone panels.

    VP: thank you.

    Stuart: it is fitting that a national capital has one.

    Revrunner: thanks!

    Mo: thank you!

    Country Gal: you're welcome.

    EG: thanks!

    Luis: I had other choices of course. I thought of a location that appears as the setting in a children's novel.

    Jan: thanks!

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  11. A beautiful tribute to a very great man!

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  12. wow lots of different squares incorporated into the monument there.

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  13. perfect 'squares'! lovely monument!

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  14. This is really very impressive. Nice photo's!

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  15. Cool idea, using the language of the First Nations!

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  16. That's a very nice monument. And extremely educative, to boot!

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  17. Great monument, and the perfect interpretation of the square theme!

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  18. Wonderful monument with the best ever square features. You put together an amazing post for theme day!

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  19. The city really goes all out on their monuments.

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  20. @Sharon: there'll never be another like him.

    @Gerald: that's what sealed the deal for me in going with this with the theme.

    @Judy: thanks!

    @Tex: thank you!

    @Marleen: thank you kindly.

    @Cheryl: it was a nice touch.

    @Shantaram: I think so too.

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  21. @Norma: next month may be a challenge!

    @Linda: the details for this monument definitely work better for me than the work as a whole. It happens.

    @Peter: thanks!

    @Lauren: thank you!

    @Mari: it's a city filled with statues and monuments, and more to come, as it turns out.

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  22. A very nice choice for today's theme - and an attractive monument. Bravo!

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  23. Very timely, vale Mandela.

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  24. great choice for the Theme Day! Also, a great choice to name a square.

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  25. It is a beautiful tribute to a great man. What a wonderful post for Theme Day!

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  26. Very clever of you to find squares in a Square.

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  27. A lovely tribute William. Great take on this theme too.

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  28. What a nice choice for the "Squares" theme, William.

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  29. Good choice, with lots of squares. I found Zosia's comment interesting.

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  30. Looks like a really interesting spot! I'd love to wander around it!

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  31. @Kay: thanks!

    @RedPat: thank you!

    @Peter: timely indeed. When they unveil the plaque renaming the square, I'll have to get shots.

    @Murcia: he was a great, great man.

    @Lois: thanks!

    @Oakland: they fit the theme perfectly.

    @Denise: thank you!

    @Jack: thanks!

    @Hamilton: as did I!

    @Meradeth: that whole area of town's enjoyable to walk around.

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  32. A great choice for the theme. You have so many great monuments there.

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  33. I know embarrassment too. We have a Gov that's an A-hole also.

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  34. Great monument and many squares, very interesting.

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  35. Interesting choice for this theme, William!

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