Thursday, December 1, 2011

Where Love and Art Meet

This touching little statue can be found in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery. There are no details, not even the name of the sculptor.  All there is the the single name: Tory.

Tory, who were you?   Did you have sisters and brothers?  Did you have a special girl friend with whom you played and entrusted secrets?  Did  your mother or father tuck you into bed at night, and send you off to sleep with a "Now I lay me down to sleep" and a kiss?  Did your laughter bring smiles to your parent's hearts and did your carry your lunch pail off to school with their expectations and hopes for your future? Did you have a brother or a sister with whom you played?  Do the children on the stone tell us that you had a brother with whom you loved to share the magic of books?

I have so many questions, little Tory, but no answers.

I never knew you, but the love your parents have for you was so perfectly expressed.  It will survive the ages as a reminder of how love is so perfectly expressed through art.

This little statue and other works of art can be found by clicking here to be taken to the 'Outdoor Art in Toronto" website. Its a treasure trove.

Appreciation to Mo Bayliss for locating this website for 'The Portrait'.

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