The Bulldog Is Wrong On Stanley Cup Monument


Frequent Bulldog contributor Sheridan takes issue with The Bulldog’s stand on the Stanley Cup monument.

To read The Bulldog’s take on the monument, click here.

“Most people will simply walk by the winning choice as it stands. Another monument in a city filled with monuments.”

False. The Bulldog’s choice, by SPMB/1X1 Architecture, could be “anywhere USA.” By contrast, Covit’s (Covit/Nguyen/Norr) unique design represents the specific history of this Ottawa location with a design of the original cup.

Each Ottawa monument tells a different story about various themes: Canadians at war; Canadian peace-keeping; Canadian heroes; Canadian culture; etc. This location previously had the “Territorial Prerogative,” a towering bronze sculpture of a mother bear spearing a salmon with her claws. (That monument will undergo some restoration and be relocated a block to the west.) The Covit design stands out as a modern, elegant and playful addition to the Ottawa monument landscape.

This winning choice placed a very close second (26.48 per cent — the winner was 27.04 per cent) in a CBC Ottawa poll of 7,227 participants. The SPMB/1X1 Architecture entry placed fourth at 11.32 per cent, thus demonstrating that it was not even among the public’s top-three choices.

In short, this competition succeeded in selecting the best designed hockey monument (celebrating Lord Stanley’s gift) for the corner of Elgin and Sparks.



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