Friday, June 17, 2016
This bas-relief is located in Central Station in Montreal. It depicts a vibrant Canada with advances in transportation and industry. Here you can see the opening lyrics of O Canada, now our national anthem, but that was not the case when this piece of art was executed. According to Wikipedia, the design is by Charles Comfort and the work was done by Sebastiano Aiello.
The lyrics of our anthem are changing for a second time since I first learned them as a child. The French version is the original. The English version is quite different from the French and was written by Robert Stanley Weir. They were changed in 1980 to add God with the line God keep our land glorious and free replacing O Canada glorious and free. This week a second modification was made. You can see above "True patriot love in all thy sons command" This has become gender neutral and is now "True patriot love in all of us command."
I always enjoy seeing this bas-relief and checking out different sections each time I am in the station.