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The central column of Confederation Hall

The central column of Confederation Hall, located in the main foyer of Parliament's Centre Block, supports a beautiful vaulted ceiling. To represent the Confederation of Canada, this circular hall has been richly carved with provincial and territorial coats of arms, and Canadian flora and fauna. These images were sculpted from Tyndall limestone in the late 1940s and early 1950s by Cléophas Soucy and William F.K. Oosterhoff. The Nunavut coat of arms, sculpted by Maurice Joanisse, was added to the hall in 2000. For more information on the sculpture and artwork of the Parliament Buildings, please visit the House of Commons Heritage Collection on the Parliament of Canada Web site.