This is Ottawa on 7 May 1945, the day the Second World War ended in Europe, and this is one of a series of images made between April of 2012 and September of 2016 showing the artists adopted home city of Montreal, his old home town of Edmonton, and a selection of other Canadian cities. Consider it part of a getting-to-know-you exercise with the nation's architecture and history. In it is the one error anyone's been able to find in the series: the Eternal Flame was a Centennial project, meaning it's been drawn it in place 22 years before it was actually installed.
Included in the image: east of the Rideau Canal we have Rideau Hall, St. Brigid's Church, St. Anne's Catholic Church, Toller House, the old Soviet Embassy, Daly Building (demolished), not the Bytown Cinema (not built yet), Byward Market, St. Davis Eastern United Church, Panet House, Tabaret Hall and the University of Ottawa, Union Station, the Chateau Laurier. West of the Rideau Canal we have the House of Commons with East and West Block, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Langevin Block, St. Andrew's Church, the Home of Igor Gouzenko, Birkett House, the Duncannon, Campbell House, the Cartier Square Drill Hall, and the Canadian Museum of Nature. And of course, we have (across the Ottawa River) a bit of Hull.
Screenprinted in a 5th edition of 109 copies. Dimensions include a 1.5" margin. Signed and dated on reverse. This print is archival.
Print measures 24" x 24"
Made by Raymond Biesinger in Montreal, Ontario.
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