Public Artwork


Studios Hooper &  Darren Byers, CREDO, 2008
Hampton, NB, Canada
Alternate title: 
John Peters Humphrey Sculpture
Artwork creator(s): 
Hooper Studios; Byers, Darren
Text author(s): 
Humphrey, John Peters

In the sculpture, an older man contemplates the draught of a document quietly; beside him kneels the small figure of himself at the age of seven. At that time, he lived in Hampton and, all through his life, remembered it fondly, even choosing to be buried here.

The semi circular ash benches that the carved figure sits on symbolize the United Nations. To invoke the essence of the Declaration as a lasting monument for all peoples, we chose two large sandstone monoliths. Upright and powerful, they stand for strength and longevity. One is carved with some of the articles of the Declaration and the other is a fountain, its water symbolizing the movement of time and creating a sense of quiet and peace

Text of the artwork: 

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.


Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.



Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms


4 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (written by Mr. Humphrey in 1946)

Text theme: 
Human Rights
The city of Hampton officially presented the memorial in honor of John Peters Humphrey, Cap Acadie, June15, 2008.

Each text is written in on of the a different languages of New Brunswick (English, French, Mi'kmaq and Maliseet-Passamaquoddy).


The semi-circular bench symbolizes the United Nations.

City of Hampton