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A Sculpture Garden Stroll in Winnipeg’s French Quarter

front door ash down warehouseOn 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.selkirk settlers Meena and BeenaWe 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. human rights museumAs 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. Michel de Broin’s sculpture Monument in the Jardin de sculptures de la Maison

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.

le promise sculpture garden st. boniface 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?between dog and wolf st. boniface sculpture gardenI 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. entre chien et loup st. boniface sculpture garden

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. curiosites by francis montillaudI 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. 

Other posts about Meena and Beena’s visit……

Introducing Visitors From Hong Kong and India to Mennonites

Food From the Land and Shakespeare in the Ruins

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What is It?

“I wonder when they will be unveiling this new statue?” I thought to myself when I first walked past Michel de Broin’s  sculpture Monument in the Jardin de sculptures de la Maison in St. Boniface. As I went up to get a closer look, I realized the statue wasn’t covered with a veil made from cloth waiting to be lifted.  The sheet draping the statue was granite. Reading the plaque near the artwork I found out de Broin deliberately created the statue with a classic monument motif  but didn’t define what it was. He wanted it to be an engima, a mystery waiting to be revealed. 



De Broin said the figure is to remain anonymous so that each person who looks at it can figure out on their own what it means and what it represents. I walked around to the back of the statue to see if that would help me to figure out what it could be? Two sisters standing side by side? Perhaps even nuns since St. Boniface was founded thanks to the efforts of the Grey Nuns who established schools and hospitals there. Did it represent the many faceless women whose contributions to history are seldom recognized? Could the statue be a mother and child–husband and wife–two friends? They are joined together so they must have some kind of connection.


In an interview de Broin said his sculpture was inspired by the painting les amoureux  with two veiled lovers kissing by Rene Magritte. I was almost sorry to read that because I preferred to use my imagination to speculate about the people under the drapery of the statue. The possiblities were endless. 
What next? I already did a post about Between Dog and Wolf one of the other sculptures in the St. Boniface Sculpture Garden. There are two more sculptures in the park and I’ll write about them in future posts.

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