Public Artwork

Monument aux braves

Suzanne Silvercruys, Monument aux braves, 1948
Promenade Saint-Maurice, Promenade Saint-Maurice, Shawinigan, QC, Canada
Artwork creator(s): 
Silvercruys, Suzanne
Text author(s): 
Hugo, Victor
Installation year: 

This monument commemorates the brave Shawinigan men who fell in the fields of Flanders during the two wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. The monument is modeled on tombstones of ancient Greece. A bronze sword is mounted on each side of the monument, under which three crowns of laurel lie. A bronze statue of a woman carrying a dying soldier in her arms is installed at the foot of the monument. The soldier's face is partially hidden by the hands of the woman, rendering the dying man more anonymous.

Text of the artwork: 

Erigé par la Cité de Shawinigan Falls
à la mémoire de ses chers fils,
artisans de la Victoire.

Ceux qui pieusement sont morts pour la patrie
ont droit qu'à leur tombeau la foule vienne et prie

Text theme: 
The last sentence is by Victor Hugo

Facing the St. Maurice River in downtown Shawinigan, this Monument des Braves was inaugurated in September 1948. Work by Suzanne Silvercruys. The bronze statue at the foot of the monument was cast in Belgium in 1939 but the war started, and then disputes erupted about where it should be installed and about the project costs. These delayed the installation of the statue.