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Brock University will soon begin its search for a Canadian artist to create a commemorative project celebrating the University’s namesake, Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock.
Thanks to a $1 million private donation for this purpose, the University will build the commemoration honoring the War of 1812 hero and also marking the University’s 50th anniversary in 2014.
A formal request for proposals (RFP) from artists will be issued in November, with the successful proposal selected this winter. The project, to be completed by May 2014, is intended to become a visiting point for the public, and would include gathering space consisting of integrated landscaping, lighting and seating.
Many historians say the War of 1812 defined Canada as a nation. In October 1812, Gen. Brock led the charge in repelling American forces at the Battle of Queenston Heights. He was killed in action, and is believed to have told his soldiers to “Surgite”, or push on, which has been adopted as the University’s motto.