"West Simcoe Park Worker Monument" Entertainment District Tip by sim1

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  West Simcoe Park Workers Monument
by sim1

The next sculpture is actually only a few steps away from the Glenn Gould sculpture. It is the West Simcoe Park Worker Monument which honours the memory of Ontario workers who have lost their lives as a result of workplace injury or disease.

The monument has two parts :
The first part is '100 workers' by John Scott, it is a series of 100 bronze plaques topping a granite wall. Each plaque represents a year between 1901 and 2000. The first 99 are each engraved with the name and cause of death of one worker who died that year. The year 2000 plaque is blank.....
The blank plaque is kind of creepy as it makes you think what tragedy will claim its next victim. It's not a monument that makes you smile, but it does make you think. The plaques say things like, fell off a building, crushed by a train....
While I was reading this some teenagers tried to use the wall for their skateboards to do some stunts..... the teenagers were so alive, so cheerful, having a whole life in front of them..... When I looked down again at the monument, a rememberance of death, pain, lives gone by..... such a contradiction.... I didn't know what to do with it.... confusing.... life and death so close....
It also made me wonder... does anyone ever read this? does anyone ever think what happened to these people? Why did they to die such a seemingly unnessacery death.... why...

The second part is 'Anonymity of Prevention' by Derek Lo and Lana Winkler. This is a life-size sculpture (see photo) that depicts a construction worker wearing proper safety equipment chiseling a message on the granite wall: "Remembering our past?building a safe future."

Directions: Front Street at Simcoe Park
Phone: +1 416-397-0815
Website: http://torontoed.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 22, 2003
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