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About the Bookmark

On October 6th, 2011, the City of Hamilton became home to a plaque commemorating writer John Terpstra’s poem, “Giants,” which highlights the city’s geography and prominent escarpment. This permanent installation displays the entire text of Terpstra’s poem from his latest collection, Two or Three Guitars, published by Gaspereau Press.

The installation marks the ninth unveiling in the Project Bookmark Canada initiative, a charity that aims to permanently place text from Canadian works of poetry and fiction in the exact location described within the passage.

Terpstra and Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina unveiled Terpstra’s Bookmark at Sam Lawrence Park. “The City of Hamilton is very pleased to be a part of this Project Bookmark Canada initiative,” says Bratina. “The ‘Giants’ Bookmark highlights the richness of Hamilton’s literary community as well as celebrating Hamilton’s unique geography.” Terpstra agrees, and noted that this unveiling was particularly special for him, as he currently lives in the city. “Seeing a poem that I wrote be planted on rock at the top of the escarpment where it can be declaimed to the world is not just a literary thrill. It goes to the bones.”

The unveiling of Hamilton’s bookmark is an extra special event for not just Terpstra, but for Project Bookmark Canada founder Miranda Hill as well. “We’re delighted to bring ‘Giants’ to Sam Lawrence Park, and to highlight both the poem and also the escarpment, which is vital to the poem and to our area,” says Hill. “It’s also particularly gratifying to have a Bookmark right here in Hamilton, where our charity has its head office.” Hill added, “Hamilton has really embraced this cultural initiative, and welcomed it into the city’s landscape. It’s great to live and work in a place that celebrates its artists and its art in this way.”

About Hamilton and Sam Lawrence Park

The City of Hamilton is a port city located in Southern Ontario and is Ontario’s third largest metropolis. Hamilton is probably most well known for its coastal factories, the steel mills (giving Hamilton the nickname, “Steeltown”), prominently visible when approaching Hamilton from the East. However, Hamilton is swiftly becoming known for its emerging arts culture. The Art Gallery of Hamilton is Ontario’s third largest public art gallery. The downtown core is home to many small galleries as well as the Factory: Hamilton Media Arts Centre, the Downtown Arts Centre and the Community Centre for Media Arts. Many film and television serials have also brought their productions to Hamilton. Hamilton is home to many other attractions such as the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Dundurn Castle, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and the HMCS Haida National Historic Site, Canada’s most famous warship and the last remaining Tribal class in the world.

One of Hamilton’s most popular parks, Sam Lawrence Park is located at 225 Concession Street, along the beautiful Niagara Escarpment (also known as Hamilton Mountain). Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbour, Sam Lawrence Park is situated on the Mountain brow at the top of the Jolley Cut roadway. Some of its features include a rock garden with perennial flowers, ornamental benches and lighting, accessible walkways, wildflowers and prairie grasses.

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