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Sir Winston Churchill statue at Nathan Phillips Square gets new home

A 10-foot bronze statue of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill has been relocated from its perch outside Toronto City Hall.

The statue has been moved to the northwest corner of Nathan Phillips Square near the corner of Amoury and Chestnut streets.

The square has been undergoing renovations since 2006. The $40-million revitalization plans included the construction of the new skate pavilion and restaurant. It will also see the Peace Garden relocated and improved landscaping around the square.

“This new location for this very important statue will allow the public to have a quiet and more reflective space to appreciate what Churchill meant to all of us,” said Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly. “The impact of this great man warrants reflection, as he did so much to ensure that a democratic society prevailed in a time of conflict and chaos.”

The imposing figure was installed on Queen Street between Toronto City Hall and the Osgoode Hall Law Society in 1977 under Mayor David Crombie.

The statue was designed and cast by Croatian sculptor Oscar Nemon. The artist created a series of Churchill statues including one displayed in the British House of Parliament.

Around Toronto, Nemon’s work can also be seen at University Avenue and Dundas. His Per Ardua Ad Astra sculpture is a tribute to World War I and World War II veterans.

Per Ardua Ad Astra statue by Oscar Nemon sits at University Avenue and Dundas. Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo.
Per Ardua Ad Astra statue by Oscar Nemon sits at University Avenue and Dundas. Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo.