Mr. Speaker, in St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London, England, is found the tomb of the great architect Sir Christopher Wren.
The words carved on his stone are:
Reader, if you seek his monument, look around you.
Look around this building at the 14 great windows of this chamber bearing the floral emblems of the provinces, at the great frieze sculpture above the foyer that tells the story of Canada, and at the many other carved artworks created by Canada's first Dominion Sculptor, Eleanor Milne.
From 1962 to 1993, she altered the very fabric of this building using a mallet, a chisel, and a brilliant artistic mind.
She and her team worked from 11 at night until 6 in the morning. The frieze outside this chamber, the “History of Canada Series”, took 12 years to complete.
Her book, Captured in Stone: Carving Canada's Past is dedicated to “all who come to visit the Centre Block, Canada's Parliament Buildings”.
Miss Milne died on May 17 at the age of 89. “If you seek her monument, look around you”.