Years ago I did a reproduction oil painting of a fountain in a park, among large flourishing trees. My mom still proudly displays my unconvincing effort in their dining room. Déja vu struck me today, as I walked into a scene that felt so much like the one I painted so long ago..... Lord Strathcona Fountain was the final large-scale commissioned piece by French sculptor Mathurin Maureau (1822-1912). It was a gift to the city of Ottawa that was donated by its namesake and unveiled in 1909. The fountain – with its inexhaustable cherubs – overlooks Strathcona Park and is the most prominent feature of the 15-acre (6.1 ha) park, located on the west bank of the Rideau Canal.