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  • October 3, 2013

Celebrating the Monument to Nicolaus Copernicus by Bertel Thorvaldsen

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The Monument to Nicolaus Copernicus is moving to the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
Photo: Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan (Marc Jobin)
Copernicus - Moving

On Saturday, October 5, at 11 a.m., the Canadian Polish Congress – Quebec District, the City of Montréal and the Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan will celebrate the restoration of the Monument to Nicolaus Copernicus, a work in the public art collection of the City of Montréal created by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen.

The ceremony will be attended by the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Montréal, Mr. Andrzej Szydlo, Mrs Carole Poirier, Provincial Deputy for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and First Vice-President of the National Assembly and the Director of the Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan, Mr. Pierre Lacombe, and followed by a performance by traditional Polish dancers.

Restored in 2012, the statue has been moved from the former Dow Planetarium (closed in October 2011) to the new Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan at the heart of the Montréal Space for Life. This monument was restored, along with the Sundial, as part of the creation of the new Planétarium Rio tinto Alcan.

The statue of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), the founder of modern astronomy, was given to the City of Montréal in 1967 by the Polish-Canadian community on the occasion of Expo 67, marking 100 years of Canadian confederation and 1,000 years of Christianity in Poland.

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