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The sundial is the work of Dutch artist Herman J. van der Heide (1919-1998). It was offered to the City of Montréal in 1967 by the citizens of Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the 325th anniversary of the founding of Montréal.
The Ingot was created by Montréal sculptor, architect and photographer Norman Slater (1921-2003). Made from an actual aluminum ingot, it was sponsored by Alcan as part of the Exposition internationale de Bruxelles in 1958.
This statue is a replica of the piece created by famous Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844). An original from the initial cast, the statue was given to the City of Montréal in 1966 by the Polish community to commemorate the Centennial of Canadian Confederation.