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Ville de Montréal

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Carlos Maria Toto

Buste de José de San Martin

Presentation of the artwork
The monument in the centre of Parc Hector-Toe-Blake, not far from the footpath, faces the Buste de Simón Bolívar. The choice of a single downtown site for the effigies of the two heroes was intended to create an easily accessible gathering place for Montréal’s Latin American community.

The monument is composed of a bronze bust of the likeness of José de San Martín placed directly on a truncated sandstone column on which is engraved historical information about the general’s exploits. The top of the column is unfinished and unpolished.
Associated events
After the monument to Simón Bolívar was reinstalled, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires wanted to bring together at a single site, as is traditionally done, the monuments to the two great liberators of South America by offering a bust of General José de San Martín to the Ville de Montréal. The donation took place in 2000 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of General San Martín’s death. Born in Argentina in 1778, José de San Martín is famous for having liberated Argentina, Chile, and Peru from foreign domination.
Carlos Maria Toto
A sculptor and conservator of Argentine artworks, Carlos Maria Toto studied at various fine arts schools in Buenos Aires. He has produced numerous busts and monuments presented in public spaces in Buenos Aires, and, since 1991, he has been director of the Dirección de Monumentos y Obras de Arte del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (Department of monuments and artworks for the city government of Buenos Aires).
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Iron cast in the cire perdue method
Bronze; Sandstone
General dimensions
276 x 105.5 x 95 cm
  • Bernard, Claude / Formaviva Inc.
  • Dirección de Monumentos y Obras de Arte del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Buste de José de San Martin
Parc Hector-Toe-Blake