As Memorial Day approaches, Penn Today asked School of Design Professor Kenneth Lum, chair of the Fine Arts Department, about the war memorial he designed for the city of Toronto in his native Canada, and about war memorials he finds most memorable. Lum was one of the lead curators of the Monument Lab project, which examined monuments and memorials across Philadelphia.
Lum’s Peace Through Valour memorial, dedicated two years ago, commemorates the more than 93,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the Italian campaign during World War II. The bronze sculpture is a topographical map depicting the destruction of Ortona, a medieval village on the Adriatic Sea, where Canadian soldiers fought and won the fiercest battle of the campaign. At each of the four corners of the map is a half-size bronze statue of a Canadian soldier.