#Vimy101 – The Vimy Memorial

Allward with his chosen stone delivered to Vimy Ridge.
Credit: W. and M. le Chat., National Gallery of Canada.
Allward in the Seget limestone quarry.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada

#Vimy101 – Did you know, sculptor Walter Allward spent two years travelling the world in search of the perfect stone to be used on the Vimy Memorial. Allward finally found it, Seget limestone, in an old Roman quarry in Yugoslavia (modern-day Croatia). A total of 6,000 tons of stone would travel by water to Venice, and then by rail to Vimy. The Canada Bereft figure was cut from a single block weighing 28 tons!

The block of stone for Canada bereft is lifted into position.
Credit: National Gallery of Canada.