One morning a few days ago I stopped by to pay a visit to Oscar.
Standing outside the National Arts Centre downtown, this sculpture of Oscar Peterson was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth in 2010. It is done by the Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy, and is amazingly life like in how it captures the Canadian jazz musician. In my mind, he is one of the greatest musicians of jazz, and the greatest Canadian musician this country ever produced. He was a gift to the world.
The sculpture finds Oscar sitting at a piano, emerging from the wall, smiling as if taking in the applause of his audience after just finishing playing. The expression is warm and true to life. There's enough room on the bench to sit with him. Speakers mounted on the wall above play his music throughout the day and into the night.
Oscar looks great. The rogue beside him is, well, a complete scoundrel.