Friday, September 2, 2016

Pillars of Justice, Toronto

The Mcmurtry Gardens of Justice[1], in Toronto, has an interesting sculpture, the Pillars of Justice, which captures the fundamental idea of a fair, jury-based, justice system. This is represented by a Greek temple façade with a classical triangular pediment supported by two rows of pillars in the shape of men and women who are the jury.


This clearly depicts the fact that the justice system is based on the men and women who support it (pillars), therefore showing that the people safeguard citizens from arbitrary laws or even random judgements. One pillar is intentionally left out, in order to show that anyone can become a member of this group, and can imagine themselves being part of the justice system.


[1] We read on a plaque in The Mcmurtry Gardens of Justice: ‘The Mcmurtry Gardens of Justice encourage visitors to reflect upon the proud history of our legal process, the challenges yet to be addressed, the rights that Canadians too often take for granted, rights that are routinely denied to so many others in the world and the essential role the rule of law plays in a properly functioning democratic society. 

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