The Secret Bench of Knowledge
The Secret Bench of Knowledge (formerly Secret Bench, Lost Paradise) is a sculpture created by Canadian artist Lea Vivot and produced in multiple castings. A prominent one is located at the entrance to the Wellington Street Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. The sculpture was laid at about 9 AM on the morning of May 1, 1994 in front of a crowd of about 300 people. One year later Vivot removed it and it was replaced four years later by Eugene Boccia from Toronto. The sculpture has many messages inscribed on it, written by school children, about the importance and pleasure of reading.