Somerset Street – the Silk Road


The fabled silk road ran from Europe to China, on the route blazed by Marco Polo.

Charlene Lafontaine named the sculptural glass pieces of art on the recently reconstructed bit of Somerset after the silk road. Here is a nifty YouTube video that explains the title:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VKAWVD5PkOg

The Preston sculpture by cj fleury just south of the intersection of Preston / Somerset is called Marco Polo and shows his route. It celebrates the meeting of (Little)Italy and China(town), expressed by the Italian palazzo on the bottom and dragon on the column. The unfurled map at top shows his route. (There is an explanatory brochure for every sculpture available from the Preston BIA).

The intersection of Somerset and Preston is where east (Chinatown) meets west (Little Italy) but the community hasn’t yet been able to get the intersection signed as Marco Polo Square.

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About westsideaction

Eric Darwin is a community activist involved in planning, transportation, streetscaping, and cycling issues in Ottawa, Canada.
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