On Wednesday my visitors Meena and Beena and I set off on a stroll through St. Boniface which is the French Quarter of Winnipeg. First Beena and I posed for a photo outside the Ashdown Warehouse where Dave and I live.We paused for another photo at the end of our street beside the sculpture of the Selkirk Settlers. I love this piece with the mother cradling her baby and looking back at her home in Scotland which she will never see again. The kilted father and son stride forward with confidence and determination towards their new home in Canada, the father’s guiding hand resting gently on his son’s back. As we crossed the Provencher Bridge we took a photo with Winnipeg’s New Human Rights Museum in the background. It doesn’t open till September so Meena and Beena will have to come back for another visit to Winnipeg so we can go on a tour.
We strolled down the streets of St. Boniface and Meena and Beena were surprised to see that all the buildings and street signs were labeled in French. Our destination today was the Jardin de sculptures de la Maison. Here Beena poses with Monument by Michel de Broin. It was inspired by the painting les amoureux with two veiled lovers kissing by Rene Magritte.
La Promise by Madeleine Vrignon explores how marriage impacts the lives of women. Does it offer them security and personal fulfillment or tie them down and imprison them?I introduced Meena and Beena to Joe Fafard’s sculpture entre chien et loup or Between Dog and Wolf. The phrase entre chien et loupe first became popular in the 13th century and describes a time of day in the morning or evening when the dim light makes it impossible to distinguish between a dog and a wolf.
The phrase entre chien et loup can also be used less literally to express the sometimes blurry line between the safe and familiar and the unknown and dangerous, between the domestic and the wild. It expresses the uncertainty between hope and fear. I was excited to see that a new sculpture called Curiosities by Montreal artist Francis Montillaud had been added to the garden since my last visit.
Unfortunately we had to head home after our quick tour of the garden since I had a luncheon to attend. I’d love to take Meena and Beena back to St.Boniface to visit Fort Gibraltar , my favorite coffee shop Cafe Postal and the Promenade Restaurant Dave and I tried recently.
Meena and Beena will just have to make another visit to Winnipeg.
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