John McCrae statue unveiled in Guelph

Bronze sculpture represents major addition to City’s public art collection

Guelph, ON, June 25, 2015 – Today, the City of Guelph and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery unveiled and dedicated a bronze statue of John McCrae—commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Guelph native’s famous war poem, In Flanders Fields.

Remember Flanders, by renowned Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy, is the second casting of an identical statue located at the National Artillery Memorial in Ottawa.

“This beautiful piece of art reflects the pride that Guelph has always felt at being the birthplace of John McCrae—a pride that has deepened this year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie.

The public ceremony, which took place at the Guelph Civic Museum, was attended by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and a number of local and military dignitaries. Students from John McCrae Public School recited In Flanders Fields.

About Ruth Abernethy and Remember Flanders

Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernethy was commissioned by The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to create a statue of John McCrae at the historic moment of writing In Flanders Fields. Remember Flanders, a bronze portrait, includes a medic’s kit, his officer’s cap and a bronze poppy for each of Canada’s 23 regiments. Abernethy, whose works include the iconic bronze of Oscar Peterson and his piano outside the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the famous sculpture of Glenn Gould on a bench in front of the CBC’s Toronto building, also included the entire poem on McCrae’s notebook. Abernethy lives near Wellesley, Ont., with her husband and two sons.

About the City of Guelph Public Art Policy

The City of Guelph’s Public Art Policy makes provision for donations of art to the City’s public art collection. All donation proposals are reviewed by the Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee, whose mandate is to make recommendations to staff on donation proposals. The donation of the McCrae statue represents a major addition to the City’s growing public art collection.

For more information

Ella Pauls
Manager, Cultural Affairs and Tourism
519-822-1260 extension 2589
ella.pauls@guelph.ca