Artist Jerry Vrabec and members of the Charley Fox family joined Mayor Ed Holder and Councillors Michael van Holst and Shawn Lewis today to celebrate the
re-installation of the Charley Fox Memorial Artwork atop the roundabout at Hale and Trafalgar Streets.
The celebration included a special presentation to the Fox family of a miniature replica of the monument which has graced the centre of the roundabout since its opening in 2011. This monument serves as a lasting tribute to all veterans and recognizes all branches of the Canadian Forces.
“We are honoured to gather today and Welcome Back, Welcome Home this important public artwork,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “Charley Fox remains one of Canada’s most successful fighter pilots. One of his greatest legacies was his commitment to recounting the stories of fellow Canadian veterans to ensure future generations understood their bravery, their courage, and their sacrifice. He devoted his life towards education and remembrance. This tribute is dedicated in that same spirit to the memory of Charley Fox.”
“Public art helps communities develop and express their unique sense of place, character and history,” says Robin Armistead, Manager of Culture. “Continuing to invest in our cultural assets through regular lifecycle maintenance ensures a continued appreciation of our community and cultural heritage.”
The Artwork, created by artists Jerry Vrabec and Danielle Castillo, was commissioned in 2011 as part of the City’s Public Art Program in partnership with the London Arts Council. It was temporarily removed last fall and wintered indoors in order for inspection and general maintenance to be performed.
Artist Jerry Vrabec, members of the Charley Fox family, Mayor Ed Holder and Councillors Michael van Holst and Shawn Lewis cutting the ribbon to celebrate the re-installation of the Charley Fox Memorial Artwork at the intersection of Hale and Trafalgar Streets.