Photograph by Bob Brink
100 Portraits of the Great War
by Morgan MacDonald
Victoria Park, 34 Sudbury Street, St. John's
34 Sudbury St., St. John's, NL A1E 2V1
The 3 1/2 metre tall oval-shaped frame holds 100 cast bronze faces of descendants of Newfoundland Regiment soldiers who fought in the Great War. The project was personal for the artist, as it came from his memory of his grandfather. It took four years to complete – from calling on people to taking part, making a wax mould and casting in bronze, to final installation.
The sculpture was unveiled in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.
Victoria Park is an ideal place for the installation, as a thousand young men from this west end area of St. John's volunteered to join the Regiment. You can download the Victoria Park STORYWALK App to listen to some of the faces' stories and the park's history.
Morgan MacDonald holds degrees in Fine Art (Grenfell) and Business (Memorial), and runs his Newfoundland Bronze Foundry from Logy Bay, NL. He uses lost wax casting to create works that are highly realistic and technical in nature with an emphasis on our deepest expressive human qualities. He is the recipient of the Memorial University 2016 Horizon Awards for outstanding achievement under the age of 35.