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Eight competing monuments unveiled for Sparks Street

The final eight designs from which a jury of experts, both in public art and hockey, will choose were unveiled on Thursday afternoon.

Eight competing monuments have been unveiled for Sparks Street.

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Eight competing monuments have been unveiled for Sparks Street.

As sports trophies go, you can look no higher than the Stanley Cup here in Canada.

Imagined in the dreams of young and old sports fans alike, the origins of the supreme hockey chalice, gifted by Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley nearly 124 years ago, are soon to be memorialized with a monument in Ottawa.

The final eight designs from which a jury of experts, both in public art and hockey, will choose were unveiled Sept. 22 at the Canada Council for the Arts in downtown Ottawa. The public has been invited to check them out and share their thoughts.

The eight designs were chosen from 40 original entries submitted as part of a public art competition held by Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument Inc.

The competition, which started this March, will ultimately result in a Lord Stanley’s Gift monument being installed on Sparks Street facing Elgin Street in Dec. 2017, according to Lord Stanley’s Gift Memorial Monument Inc. The event promises to be packed with significance.

The unveiling will be part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the 125th anniversary of Lord Stanley’s gift of the cup, the 100th anniversary of the NHL and the 25th anniversary of the Senators.

One of the eight designs, created by teams of designers and architects from Vancouver to New York, will be chosen on the advice of the jury, which includes Former head of the Canada Council for the Arts and author of The Hockey Sweater, Roch Carrier, former NHL goaltender and author of The Game, Ken Dryden, former women’s hockey player for team Canada, Kim Ratushny, and seven others.

However, the public is also invited to comment on the designs before one is chosen.

Comments can be sent to hello@lordstanleysgift.com by Oct. 7. The winning design will be announced on Oct. 25 this year.

The designs will continue to be displayed at the Canadian Council for the Arts at 150 Elgin St. on Friday, Sept. 23.

The eight designs can also be viewed at lordstanleysgift.com.