Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial

MEMORIAL TO COMMEMORATE THE CHINESE RAILROAD WORKERS IN CANADA
CITY OF TORONTO

1987/89

This project is a Memorial to the Chinese workers who built Canada’s first transcontinental railroad. The Commemorative consists of two components, a monument and a series of large rocks. The monument is a large wooden rail tressel under construction, 30 feet high, 16 x 28 feet at the base, on which two Chinese workers are depicted lifting a beam into position. The pedestrian passes through the tressel under construction as they would a large gate. The monument is situated in a linear park beside Toronto’s downtown rail corridor. Three pair of rocks brought from the Rocky Mountains of the original transcontinential train route are sited parallel to pedestrian pathway. The figures are lifesize cast bronze, realistically depicted. The tressel is wood and concrete.

ChineseOverview
Installation view of rail tressel, wood, bronze, hemp rope H: 30’ L: 70’ W:35’. Life size figures.
ChineseLower
Detail of life size lower figure standing on structure. Detail of beam being lifted.
ChineseUpper
Detail of life size upper figure standing on wooden beams, pulling on rope.

 

 

 

 

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