The Multiculturalism Monument at Union Station. The story of Francesco Perilli

The Multiculturalism Monument at Union Station. The story of Francesco Perilli

Toronto is known around the world for its multiculturalism. “Monument to Multiculturalism” by Francesco Perilli, stands in a highly prominent location in the downtown district. It is located on the south side of Front Street, in front of the main entrance of Union Station. 

The Multiculturalism Monument in Union Station. LICENSE THIS IMAGE

Francesco Perilli is an Italian painter and sculptor who lives and works in Nereto in the province of Teramo.

Son of an ebanist, Francesco Perilli lives his youth during the post-war reconstruction period. He does not have the opportunity to study and learn the earliest rudiments of art from his father. In 1965 he went to a workshop from a ceramic in Nereto and later attended the sculptor Giuseppe Marinucci.


The Multiculturalism Monument in Union Station. LICENSE THIS IMAGE

The most famous work of Francesco Perilli is the monumental symbol of multiculturalism. It is a bronze sculpture depicting a human figure in a sphere. The human figure represents the universal man, in fact, is depicted without features to avoid references that can associate it with a specific ethnicity. The sphere represents the earth globe, with eight meridians pulled upwards by doves. The doves and man are represented in the effort to unite the sphere. 

The aim of this project is to ideally twin the continents of the world under the sign of multiculturalism, placing a copy of the monument in different parts of the world. To date (2012) sculpture has already been installed in Toronto, Canada, Los Angeles in California, Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Changchun in China and Buffalo City in South Africa.

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