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Kitchener Court House Sculpture

I have searched the internet looking for some description of this sculpture which stands on Frederick Street near Lancaster Street. Does anyone know who designed it and what it represents?


Written by Ruth

February 15, 2010 at 12:05 am

Posted in Art and Sculpture

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  1. I seem to recall reading a blurb about it in The Record. This is going back a few (or even several) years ago. What it is suppose to be I can’t remember but I do recall people not liking it. I don’t know who creates these sculptures but most of them are “odd”.

    Cheryl D

    February 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    • I prefer a good old-fashioned statue. Downtown Toronto has some interesting sculptures and most of them are quite easy to understand.


      February 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

  2. It’s called Aporia;the artist is Ed Zelenak. It was commissioned by the Province of Ontario in 1978. A local artist with strong traditionalist views started a protest against what he called “the turd” that received extensive coverage in The KW Record some time ago.

    Martin De Groot

    February 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    • Thank you Martin for your comment. I looked up “Aporia” and came up with this (appropriate) definition…

      “In philosophy, an aporia is a philosophical puzzle or a seemingly insoluble impasse in an inquiry, often arising as a result of equally plausible yet inconsistent premises. It can also denote the state of being perplexed, or at a loss, at such a puzzle or impasse.”


      February 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm

  3. Over the years I’ve heard this piece variously called “the sausage”, “the intestine” and “the bowel movement”. I have never heard anyone anywhere say that they liked it.

    If they want to commission an ugly piece of art, at least make it sturdy enough that children can clamber on it. That at least would make it useful.

    Laurel L. Russwurm

    April 28, 2010 at 12:49 am

    • I am sure no one asked for community input when deciding what type of sculpture would be erected. This piece, which you describe so well, would not have been the first choice of most people.


      April 28, 2010 at 8:07 am

      • Also, since I was a kid I remember this nasty piece of business being an icon of Kitchener culture. All of us Suddaby School alumni remember climbing on it at some point then running away from the officers trying to stop us. Ugly? Maybe. Part of our history as Kitchener-ites? Definitely.

        Now seeing the description though, it makes total sense to be in front of a courthouse. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of perspective. I still think it looks like a turd though 🙂


        October 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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