Standing Together, 2017

The Canadian Building Trades Monument has bee unveiled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in May 2017. It was designed by John Greer in collaboration with Brian MacKay-Lyons as the winning entry for the competition by the Canadian Building Trades Unions. The monument was realized by Intercontinental Sculpture Inc. with Vanessa Paschakarnis as the project manager and is now in the collection of the National Capitol Collection in Major's Hill Park, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.



Images below by James Brittain Photography.

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UNVEILING of the Canadian Building Trades Monument made by

John Greer and Brian MacKay-Lyons.

Unveiled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 16th, 2017.

Design Team includes also: Vanessa Paschakarnis, Duncan Patterson

A few impressions of the Installation of - "Standing Together", the Canadian Building Trades Unions Monument, Ottawa ON Canada. This monument is to commemorate and celebrate the people who build our Nation. 

Award of Merit: Public Places and Civic Spaces Canadian Building Trades Monument

The Canadian Building Trades Monument is a permanent public art installation located on a 100m² site in Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa, ON. The monument honours and celebrates the men and women who build Canada every day and commemorates the losses they have endured in the workplace. It was unveiled on May 16, 2017 by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The monument consists of a public plaza, sculptural and topographical elements, engraved benches, lighting and a commemorative plaque. Its most prominent feature is a pair of oversized plumb bobs made of Cambrian black granite and mounted on stainless steel pins. Plumb bobs have been used as tools in construction projects since ancient times and here they symbolize the intersection of

earthly gravity and human ingenuity.


Project Team

John Greer; Intercontinental Sculpture Inc.
MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Limited
Annie Hillis Public Art Consulting
National Capital Commission / Department of Canadian Heritage
Canada’s Building Trades Unions


Jury Comments

The elegant shape used in the installation is human scaled and is like a tool. The project is thoughtfully detailed, contemporary and provides simplicity of a special idea that is open to interpretation. It creates a destination along a key route.


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