The Golden Boy figure on top of the Legislative Building is a famous symbol in the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It stands about 5.25 meters high and is meant to symbolize the spirit of enterprise and eternal youth. The boy faces to the north towards the area of the province containing the mineral resources, forests, hydroelectric power and seaport - in essence, the future of the province.
The boy is poised in a running motion, and in one hand he carries a sheaf of golden grain, while his right hand holds high a torch calling for more youth to enter the race with him. The top of his torch used to be the highest point in the whole city of Winnipeg.
The figure was sculpted in Paris by Charles Gardet, and was cast in gold in 1918 in the Barbidienne foundry in France. The boy did have a perilous journey to Winnipeg however. The Foundry was partially burnt down before he has left France, but the Golden Boy was unharmed. He was then put on a ship to Canada, but before it has left port, the ship was commandeered for the transport of troops. The boy lay in the hold of the ship, and it wasn't until the end of WWI that the boy arrived in Halifax and was shipped to Winnipeg and his final resting place on top of the dome.
The Golden Boy figure atop the dome of the Legislative Building in the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, aperture of f/11.0, exposure time of 1/60 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 160mm.
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