The Bulldog’s Choice For Stanley Cup Statue




The eight finalists for the Stanley Cup monument have been released.

The Bulldog website, after hours of consultation among the staff and management, has decided on the one above by SPMB/1X1 Architecture.

It captures the spirit of Stanley Cup with hands reaching for it as is the dream of many a small child.

Photo above: The Bulldog’s choice for the Stanley Cup monument.

Furthermore, it looks like the Stanley Cup. This is no small matter because we are not just dealing with admirers of Voice of Fire but hockey fans who couldn’t care less what Voice of Fire is.

So imagine the tourist from Edmonton walking down Sparks Street Mall and saying: “Hey, that’s the Stanley Cup. Wonder what’s that all about. Let’s go see.”

And then those people learn the story of the cup.

That makes it all worthwhile.

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7 thoughts on “The Bulldog’s Choice For Stanley Cup Statue

  1. I am very happy that we have these eight interesting choices as the finalists. I think each team did well to design a monument to honour Lord Stanley.

    My own view is that a close replica of the present Stanley Cup trophy will get boring after a few years. We’ve all grown up with so many copies and images of this trophy, from pencil sharpeners to beer mugs, that a different take on this theme would be welcomed.

    Therefore, my first choice would be from COVIT/NGUYEN/NORR, with their large modern-style sculpture of the original cup, along with a mock ice surface: inserted with discs engraved with the NHL team names and a line pattern to emulate skate marks; and a large black granite puck (a seating area).

    I do also like the JA ARCHITECTURE STUDIO & SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ STUDIO design, with their large arch cut out to the form of the Stanley Cup — casting that as a shadow on the ground during the daytime. It is an interesting take on a keyhole design, and acts as a gateway to Sparks Street.

    Anyway, I’m sure there will be lots of feedback given on such a significant monument. Maybe it is time for another Bulldog poll?

  2. Ken,

    Another important consideration for the choice for this monument has to be the location. Some statues do get moved around, which can be a good thing. And in the context of a NHL arena at the LeBreton Flats, we should consider how this monument would look at that location. Because I would imagine that in front of the Sens’ new arena would be the best permanent location for this hockey monument.

    So, if the Sens complete their new arena in six years from now (estimated time of planning and construction), then the NCC should move this Sparks Street hockey monument to the grounds of the Sens’ new home — it will then get maximum media exposure as well.

    I would replace this with the Terry Fox statue, and probably a small fountain or water display. Indeed, regardless of the monument selected (from the 8 finalists): Is this location on Sparks the best site (even if temporarily)?

    1. Sheridan,
      This location was chosen since it is in front of what was the site of the Russell Hotel which was where Lord Stanley actually made the donation of the funds for the original Cup 125 years ago next March.
      I’m interested that you suggest the LeBreton Flats location would be a preferred “permanent” site for the monument. Would you have said the same 25 years ago about locating it permanently at the Palladium, the then-future home of the Sens?
      If this monument is moved in the future, I would hope that the site would be given back to the “Territorial Prerogative” statue that was evicted to create the ’empty’ space. The Terry Fox monument is now in its second location and hopefully can stay there.
      I agree with your choice of the replica of the original cup which is what Lord Stanley donated.

      1. The Voter,

        As the Ottawa Sun had previously reported: “Originally, they conceived of a ‘grand scale’ monument at the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive. But when that fell through, the group announced in March 2013 that it had secured the current site for a scaled-back monument.” So, its location was flexible.

        Yes, to locating it at the Palladium/Corel Centre. It can move with the arena. That being said, I am not 100 per-cent against keeping it permanently at this Elgin/Sparks location, depending on the selected monument design. My point is that my first choice would be to have some water feature here, along with a small bronze statue. When I really think about it, the Terry Fox statue should go to Mooney’s Bay, in front of the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. The “Territorial Prerogative” statue would probably look better in a true park setting, by a river.

  3. This isn’t the Victims of Communism monument, but I am still surprised that this topic has not gotten many comments. Are people not aware of the public money that is being spent on this monument?

    According to the CBC: “Canadian Heritage contributed $2.1 million, while the Senators and NHL are throwing in $500,000 each. The City of Ottawa is donating $50,000, and the land. Firms donated more than $1 million worth of services in-kind, according to the group’s chairman George Hunter, but cash donations from private sponsors were harder to come by.”

    I find it interesting that this is city land, as I was under the impression that it was owned/maintained by the NCC.

    Is this money well spent? For example, Joanne Chianello (CBC: “Lord Stanley’s gift keeps on giving, so what exactly are we commemorating?”) questions the value of this monument.

      1. The Voter,

        You are correct. It was the Sparks Street Authority (invoking a city bylaw) that dealt with Andrew King when he tried to give away his free T-shirts on Sparks. And, how can I forget Mayor Larry O’Brien’s promises to revitalize Sparks Street in the 2010 mayoral election. I get confused because Sparks Street is so NCC-esque.

        Has it been 50 years already? Wow, how time flies when I spend my days on a Sparks Street bench feeding the pigeons.


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