Accompanied by the skirl of a piper and a crowd of more than a thousand cheering people, mainly students hooting and clanging bells, the striking bronze sculpture of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock completed its journey today, and was delivered to his perch in front of Brock University’s Schmon Tower.
At 11 am, the truck that spent the past week carrying The General across the continent from a foundry in Oregon, backed up to the site where a crane was waiting to lift the statue and place it on a nearby plinth.
Two hours later, under the watchful eye of artist Danek Mozdzenski, the installation crew completed their final touches, and The General began a new chapter.
As the construction barricades were pulled back, an eager crowd — ranging from university students and area residents, to University President Jack Lightstone and Board of Trustees Chair John Suk — moved in to touch the highly detailed artwork and savour the realization of a dream more than two years in the making.
His work completed and installed to the delight on onlookers, the artist himself stood back and beamed.
One conspicuous absentee from the happy day was David S. Howes, the longtime Brock trustee and heritage aficionado whose generous donation paid for the entire project. Howes passed away on Jan. 12, exactly nine weeks before the sculpture was installed.
A formal ceremony will be held in May to celebrate the life of Howes, and dedicate the sculpture to his lasting memory.