Thursday, August 5, 2010

Firefighter Monunment designs go on display

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Five designs for a monument dedicated to Canadian firefighters who died in the line of duty were displayed to the public for the first time on Thursday, with work from artists including Douglas Coupland, Ken Lum and Myfanwy Macleod.

The finalists in the design competition for the Canadian Firefighters Memorial were unveiled Thursday evening at the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.

Proposals for the monument included designs such as a giant firepole that acts as a lightning rod, protecting a tree and monument underneath; a wave of names of fallen firefighters that flow across like water; and an 11-meter-long, 4¼-metre-high wall of fire.

The monument, expected to be completed and unveiled in March 2012, will be located at LeBreton Flats, near the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The capital commission donated the land for the monument.

Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, the charity working to build the monument, says over 1,000 firefighters have died in the line of duty in Canada since 1848.

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