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Artistic Link to Guild of All Arts Past revealed at Queen's Park

30 Aug 2016 9:27 PM | Kate Kennedy (Administrator)

John Mason highlights a link between the 1912 ceiling mural rediscovered at Queen's Park and Guild Park.

"The newly-found paintings of 104 maple leaves above the Ontario Legislature was the work of Gustav Hahn, the older brother of Canadian sculptor Emanuel Hahn.

Emanuel Hahn's two sculptural designs that once graced the Bank of Montreal's downtown Toronto headquarters are among the pieces of public art now at Guild Park. He designed the panels for the Arctic and Northwest Territories displayed near Guild Park's formal gardens.

The younger Hahn also created the design for the Bluenose schooner on the Canadian dime and the caribou head on our quarter.

Both Hahn brothers went on to teach at what was then the Ontario College of Art. It was there that Emanuel taught Elizabeth Wyn Wood, the sculpture student whom he married in 1926.

Elizabeth Wyn Wood went on to become an exceptional sculptor, whose works are displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery in Ottawa, and also at Guild Park (the "provincial panels" depicting Manitoba and Saskatchewan)."

The Toronto Star article by Robert Benzie about Gustav Hahn.

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