Maple Leaf Forever Tree
Start date: 1 July, 2014
End date: 1 July, 2017
In 2013 a severe storm downed a famous Canadian tree in Toronto. This tree, around 170 years old, is said to have been the inspiration for the song The Maple Leaf Forever, written by Alexander Muir in 1867.
The Maple Leaf Forever was at one time Canada’s unofficial national anthem. Today it is the authorized regimental march of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and the Royal Westminster Regiment.
The City of Toronto decided to commemorate the tree and its place in Canadian history by utilizing every piece of it. Heritage groups and art organizations approached the city with proposals. The Ontario Wood Carvers Association received two sections of the tree. The first has been carved with all of Canada's provincial and territorial flowers.
The main project is a section of the tree’s main branch about seven feet long and thirty inches at the bottom. Our artistic approach features 35 maple leaves, each containing a relief carving of an important person, place or event in Toronto’s history. Historians from Archeological Services Inc. and Heritage Toronto helped us choose subjects.
The trunk was debarked, cleaned up, then moved inside the Ontario Science Centre, where it is being carved. Carving officially began on Canada Day, July 1st, 2014, and it is scheduled for completion on Canada Day 2017. The finished sculpture will go on permanent display at the Science Centre.
Nature of the Project Reach
Local, provincial, national and international visitors to the Ontario Science Centre are viewing the work in progress and will be able to see the finished artwork when it goes on permanent display.
From a tree that inspired the patriotic song, "The Maple Leaf Forever", we will create timeless sculptures that commemorate our city and our country.
- Reach: National
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture
- Region(s): Ontario
- Website: http://ontariowoodcarvers.ca/maple-leaf-forever-tree/