Transcript of Royal Canadian Navy Monument (youth version) – Decoding ART - Heritage Monuments
[Canadian Heritage signature]
Narrator: "This capsule is presented by Canadian Heritage."
[Components of the monument, a marble wall with a gold sphere on top]
Narrator: "The monument you see here is a tribute to the men and women who have served in the Royal Canadian Navy since it was first created in 1910."
[The monument and the land jutting out into the river]
Narrator: "It has a lot of symbolism —that means that parts of it suggest ideas or things that have to do with the Navy."
[Close-up of the wall and the gold sphere]
Narrator: "Have a look at that large white marble wall. Does it seem like the sail of a ship to you?"
[Illustration of the site illuminated at night]
Narrator: "At night, lights shine on it from underneath, and make it look like the front of a ship."
[Close-up of several features cut into the base of the monument]
Narrator: "The designers of the monument want to make you feel like you're on a ship at sea. Notice that much of the base of the monument is uneven. They wanted to make it feel like you are on a ship."
[The common nautical symbol of an anchor wrapped in rope]
Narrator: "See the lines along the base? They point toward the four points of a compass —when a ship is at sea, knowing which way is which is really important. Sailors sometimes look at the position of the sun, moon and stars to figure out where they are."
[A ship’s mast with a gold sphere on top, the camera moves towards the bottom of the mast showing in the background, the wall and a second gold sphere]
Narrator: "That's what the two gold balls represent. Can you find them? The Royal Canadian Navy has sailed the seven seas, and has played an important part in times of war."
[Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy on the ocean, with Canadians flags]
Narrator: "Whether it's on national or international missions, the Navy is always there to defend us, …"
[Close-up of two members of the Royal Canadian Navy on a boat]
Narrator: "…making sure that our coastal waters are safe."
[Side view of a member of the Royal Canadian Navy, a Canadian flag, and in the background a boat on the ocean]
Narrator: "It's also involved in relief operations and humanitarian aid missions."
[Back to the marble wall and the gold sphere]
Narrator: "Do you see others things that could be a Navy symbol?"
[Close-up of Al McWilliams]
Narrator: "Listen to the clip by the artist, Al McWilliams to find out more about the creation of this monument."