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The Golden Boy atop the Manitoba Legislative building in Winnipeg, Canada.

The interesting history of The Golden Boy.

The Golden Boy statue is 5.25 metres (17.2 feet) tall from the toe to the top of the torch and 4.27 metres (14 feet) from head to toe. It weighs 1650 kg (3,640 lb), and the top of his torch is 77 metres (250 feet) above ground. It is perched facing North on the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and it is arguably Manitoba's best known symbol.
The statue was purchased by Manitoba Government from France. It was sculpted by Charles Gardet of Paris in 1918, and cast in bronze by the Barbidienne Foundry. It was placed in a ship's hold for transport to Canada. However, the ship was commandeered for service in World War I, so the statue remained in the ship's hold for the whole war travelling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean. The statue finally landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was shipped by train to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he was placed atop the Legislative Building on November 21, 1919.
In the 1951 the bronze statue was gilded with twenty-four carat gold. In 1966, the government of the Province of Manitoba had an electric lamp installed into the torch of the statue. The light on his torch was first lit on December 31, 1966 to mark Canada's centennial.
In 2002, the statue needed repair due to rust on its iron supports and was lowered to the ground for a complete overhaul and re-gilding. On February 9, 2002, the Golden Boy returned to the ground in a custom made aluminum cage after having been on top of the Manitoba Legislative Building for almost 83 years. The statue was prepared for the re-gilding with a custom manufactured paint from Germany. In August 2002, the statue was re-gilded with 23.75 k gold leaf in a climate-controlled enclosure in full view of the public. In the course of a refurbishment, it was discovered the cable supplying power to the lamp also contributed to the erosion of the statue. The Golden Boy is now lit at night by floodlights.
The Golden Boy was returned to the Manitoba Legislative Building and re-installed on the dome on September 5, 2002, and rededicated by Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, during her 2002 Golden Jubilee tour of Canada
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Nov 15 2012 21:33 GMT rob22stan
Wonderful landmark beautifully captured.
Nov 15 2012 21:52 GMT Petermosull
Tarrific picture and information John. Thank you for your kind words on my post. I will be visiting the States on the 29th and will be there for two months. Although I will be on the West coast (Oregan) I really would like to get to Toronto to see Ronan Gilespies statues there.
Nov 15 2012 22:00 GMT jomoud PRO
Have a great time Peter. It will be a wonderful Christmas for the two of you:):):):)
Nov 15 2012 22:01 GMT Adamus
Wonderful sculpture.
Nov 15 2012 23:55 GMT wijnie58
Awesome entry, John...:-))
Have a wonderful weekend....:-))
Nov 16 2012 02:22 GMT roncarlin PRO
excellent enry and discription.
Nov 16 2012 02:33 GMT T1MELESS PRO
A terrific entry John and I enjoyed reading all about it !!
Nov 16 2012 04:11 GMT hallo
What a beautiful fine statue wit an interesting events to tell. Thanks for sharing John!
Nov 16 2012 04:22 GMT fhelsing PRO
That is a wonderful landmark!
Nov 16 2012 04:30 GMT Midworlder PRO
Nice zoom
Nov 16 2012 05:49 GMT sini
Great landmark and blue sky!:)
Nov 16 2012 07:27 GMT saffi9
great shot so interesting
Nov 16 2012 08:18 GMT bandsix
Amazing work! I can't imagine what 27.5 k of gold leaf must have cost either!
Nov 16 2012 09:14 GMT abojovna PRO
Beautiful photo od Golden Boy statue! Thank you for info, John!!
Nov 16 2012 09:28 GMT MargNZ
A stunning entry and the information is most interesting ... thank you John :)
Nov 16 2012 09:53 GMT teddybear2
an awesome entry and info
Nov 16 2012 10:35 GMT mcdonegal1 PRO
Lovely statue. fascinating information too. Thank you
Nov 16 2012 11:26 GMT Papagena
A beautiful Golden Boy having an interesting story !! I just hope the gold price at that time was cheaper than these days !! ;°)
Nov 16 2012 15:12 GMT Cronos1
GREAT entry !
Nov 16 2012 18:10 GMT Annamaria
Beautiful statue, John!!
Nov 16 2012 22:09 GMT marijke06
Nov 16 2012 22:13 GMT ForestSpirit PRO
A magnificent landmark! Interesting info too.
Nov 17 2012 12:57 GMT Pea2007
Nov 17 2012 14:34 GMT elsje323
beautiful entry