This installation illustrates the culmination of the labour movement, as the workers united against the authoritarian hand of local institutions. The sculptural silhouettes depict the conflict between groups while the scale of the figures embodies the magnitude of the event, as the Strike came to a violent climax in June of 1919, in what is now the Exchange District. The anti-strike forces are located on the south end of the site, representing the geographic divide within the city. The authorities are raised on a plinth, supported by the financial institutions to enforce power and authority. The minimalist silhouettes allow visitors to immerse themselves in a modern scene, framing an ever-relevant fight for equality. The ground plane consists of a grid of stone engraved with interpretive statements highlighting the Strike's historical relevance. Lighting creates a theatrical scene, casting exaggerated shadows of the sculpture on the bare brick façade.
Robert Coutts (Historian + Interpretive writer)
Paul Legris ( Interpretive Planner + Exhibition Designer)