COVIT/NGUYEN/NORR
Montreal, QC

 

DESIGN INTENT

The sculptural installation takes a contemporary approach to the concept of monument. Our proposal celebrates commemoration, but rather than conceiving an imposing structure to be looked at and contemplated, it invites the visitor into the monument to share an important part of our Canadian identity and culture.

Three main components compose the installation:

The Cup

A large chaliced form, monumental in size, evokes the original Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup gifted by Lord Stanley in Ottawa on March 18, 1892 and the current Stanley Cup as it came to be known. It is the very essence of this cup – a trophy that speaks of hockey and of the passion it incites in its scores of fans, a repository of names and dates documenting each series’ win – that informs the sculptural installation.

The Cup, positioned at the east end of the artwork site, is formed with silver metal bands spaced slightly apart. The bands are gathered in two places – positioned, in plan, at both ends of an imagined hockey stick – to create openings through which a visitor can enter. Walking into the Cup triggers a soundtrack, a quiet whoosh of skates gliding on ice.

Visitors entering the Cup will also see a QR symbol on one of the metal bands that can be read with a smart phone device. This leads to a website detailing each team that reached the finals, the number of times and years, the history of the original gift and of Lord Stanley, plus other relevant information.

The Bench

Across from the Cup a thick round of polished matte black granite alludes to a hockey puck and offers seating.

The Rink

Inspired by the hockey rink, the ground surface is delineated as a rectangular area with rounded corners. The colour and material – poured in place white cement – demarcate the installation from the surrounding mall. Thin stainless steel lines crisscross the white ground suggesting skate marks on ice. Thirty-nine black granite discs – the size of a hockey puck – are scattered across the rink, embedded flush in the ground. Each is engraved with the name of a hockey team that made it to the Finals: 14 are polished matte, representing the Challenge Cup era (1893 – 1915); 25 are mirror finished, representing the NHL from 1915 to 2017, the year the monument will be inaugurated.

Lighting

Light, both natural and artificial, is an important element in the sculptural composition. During the day sunlight streams through the Cup casting changing patterns of light and shadow across and through the site while the soft polished lustre of the various materials reflects and refracts it. Lighting enhances the sculptural installation during evening hours. Small lights fitted into the top of the Cup project white light downwards spilling over the edges of the metal bands. A circle of in-ground projectors surround its base (reminiscent of the embossed pattern on the base of the Stanley Cup), partly illuminating the exterior with white light, while cross lights inside cast a warm amber glow.

A ring of blue light emanates from under the Bench, which appears to float above the rink.

Seasons

The installation is fully visible in all seasons. The winter adds its own beauty, with traces of fresh fallen snow outlining the edges of the Cup. Radiant heat under the rink surface melts the snow, revealing the pucks and lines and keeping the interior of the Cup accessible.

Urban context

The sculptural installation is scaled to the designated art site, its environment and the visiting public. Its iconic nature distinguishes it from the existing urban streetscape and adjacent structures and allows for views of Confederation Square. Its significant size affirms its place, and is visible from passing cars, pedestrians and cyclists. The colours and materials contrast and harmonize with the environment. The installation is universally accessible.

Summary

The massing of the Cup with the Bench is strong in it simplicity; an unmistakable reminder of the Stanley Cup and the initial gifting event, it takes its place among the many symbols in Ottawa important to our Canadian identity. Legible at a distance, more is revealed upon approach. There is an element of surprise when first entering the Cup and activating the quiet whoosh of skates on ice, complemented by in depth information on the history of the Stanley Cup and the teams that vied for this prize available through the dedicated website.

The sculptural installation invites the visitor into the artwork and the memory of an important moment in our collective history, creating a significant, experiential place for citizens and visitors in Ottawa in celebration of Lord Stanley’s gift.

 

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JURY STATEMENT

In 2009, a group of public-spirited volunteers proposed creating a monument to honour the historic donation of professional hockey’s highest award, the Stanley Cup. A Board of Directors, led by founder and President, Paul Kitchen, set up a charitable organization, known as the Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Inc., to carry this project forward.
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BOARD STATEMENT

Lord Stanley Memorial Monument Inc. (LSMMI), is a Canadian non-profit charitable organization established by a group of private citizens with the objective of creating a monument to celebrate Lord Stanley of Preston, Canada’s sixth Governor General’s gift to the sport of ice hockey: the “Stanley Cup”.
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ABOUT

This multidisciplinary team is composed of Linda Covit (artist), Bao-Chau Nguyen (landscape architect) and Joseph Moro (NORR, Senior Design Architect/Associate). Each is skilled in the development and realization of major projects in their fields.Creating large-scale site responsive sculptural installations in the public space is central to Linda Covit’s art practice. Her approach follows investigations into the overlapping areas of art, landscape design and architecture.In tune with the most recent movements in art, architecture and landscape, Bao-Chau Nguyen distinguishes herself by her energy, creativity and innovative ideas. Over the years, she has created landscapes in harmony with their context.Joseph Moro is an experienced senior design architect. His design management expertise includes experience with creative teams in various creative formats and environments including film and software design.Bringing their diversified experiences together enriches their collaborative approach for this important public artwork.

www.codaworx.com/profile/linda-covit/9955
http://www.canalsavoir.tv/videos_sur_demande/archi_branches/bibliotheque_boise
http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2010/09/salamander-playground/www.norr.com

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