The Red Sash is our short-listed 2013 design for the Sir Isaac Brock Commemoration Project Competition at Brock University. Designed in collaboration with Canadian artist Lorène Bourgeois, the concept was inspired by the exchange of sashes between Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee chief Tecumseh after they joined forces during the War of 1812. It integrates a large sculptural frieze and landscape elements to create a commemorative space that supports university events, public gathering, daily enjoyment, and the formal aspirations of the existing Brock Mall and Brock Circle streetscape design.
The sculpture stands as a symbol of Sir Isaac Brock’s legacy, and alludes to his last words uttered at the Battle of Queenston Heights – “Surgite!” Acid-etched on the surface of the sash is a long frieze with graphic elements that can be experienced through visual and tactile readings. These elements reflect the history, geography, flora and fauna of the Niagara region, the spirit, energy and vision of Brock, and the University’s values. As a signature element of this entry to the campus, the swept form of the raised red plantings reflects the shape of the sculpture and creates an enclosed garden.