Ottawa, ON — A local artist is planning to create a print of the controversial statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas More, which he says was created by the Canadian Government and that was not meant to be a monument.
The Ottawa Citizen says that Thomas More is currently on display in the Ottawa City Hall in a gold frame, and that the artwork is an homage to the Supreme Court judge and abolitionist.
I am the creator of the sculpture, said the Ottawa-based artist, who spoke to the Citizen on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.
He says that he plans to make a print that is a direct reference to the statue.
I am not going to use any historical facts or sources to make this happen, he said.
What’s more, the artist told the Citizen that he has no intention of selling the work.
It’s a monument that was meant to stand in front of the city hall, and it’s not something I want to do.
The statue was built by the City of Ottawa, he added.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who is a member of the National Assembly, said in a statement that the statue was not intended to be an insult to Chief Justice Sir John A. Macdonald, the last Chief Justice of the Supreme