The recent posts in the Ugly Canada thread made me wonder what sorts of statues or other works of public art you cherish in your city?
The most famous statue in St. John's is almost certainly the Peter Pan statue in Bowring Park.
It was commissioned by Sir Edgar Bowring, of one of St. John's most prominent families, in memory of his granddaughter, Betty Munn, who was among those killed when the Florizel was wrecked at Cappahayden, Newfoundland, in February of 1918.
It was created by Sir George Frampton, who also created an identical one for Kensington Gardens in London, and unveiled in August of 1925.
The inscription on it reads, "In memory of a little girl who loved the park."
Equally famous in the park are statues dedicated to the members of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in uniform.
I took this photo on July 2, 2012. July 1 is Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador. It's the day we do everything the rest of Canada does on Remembrance Day, including parades, poppies, wreath layings, etc. That's why all the poppies are on this statue in the summer.
And, of course, the National War Memorial (named before we joined Canada, obviously) that bridges Water and Duckworth streets in downtown St. John's (Photos taken on July 1, Memorial Day):
Another favourite, one which I don't have a great picture of, is this statue on George Street, which celebrates Newfoundland's musical heritage:
Photo by Flickr user I-AM-MMM:
Another is the Rower on Quidi Vidi Lake, which celebrates the history of North America's oldest annual sporting event: the Royal St. John's Regatta. The 194th annual one was held today, August 1, 2012:
By Flickr user weezeerthewonderful