Fathers of Confederation statue to be unveiled this fall

A statue depicting two of the Fathers of Confederation will be unveiled this fall.

$160K bronze statue, interpretative panels part of 2014 Charlottetown Conference legacy project

The bronze statue will take 10 months to cast and features John Hamilton Gray, one of the P.E.I. delegates of the conference, as well as John Hamilton Gray, one of New Brunswick’s delegates. Two of the Fathers of Confederation had the exact same name. (cadcpei.com)

A statue depicting two of the Fathers of Confederation will be unveiled this fall.

Charlottetown is the focus of a yearlong, province-wide series of events, including exhibitions, festivals and theatre productions, marking the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation three years later.

At a cost of $160,000, the statues along with several interpretative panels were commissioned by the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation.
The bronze sculpture is being made in British Columbia by artist Nathan Scott. (cadcpei.com)

The bronze sculpture is being made in British Columbia by artist Nathan Scott.

“Bronze is forever and it’s something that will outlive me, my family, my children. It's exciting. So in that it's forever, I want to do it well,” said Scott.

The bronze statue will feature John Hamilton Gray, one of the P.E.I. delegates of the conference, as well as John Hamilton Gray, one of New Brunswick’s delegates. Two of the Fathers of Confederation had the exact same name.

The bronzework will take place over a 10-month period.

In September the statue will be placed in Downtown Charlottetown as part of the Great George Heritage Walk for the 2014 legacy project.