We Canadians are quite proud of our country’s gorgeous and diversified scenery. And there are unique and unusual sculptures and statues to be discovered all around Canada, from little communities to major capitals. Here are 8 stunning sculptures you must see in Canada:
Maman statue in Ottawa, Ontario Canada
This 30-foot-tall bronze, stainless-steel, and marble spider stands outside the main entrance of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The gigantic egg-carrying spider was created by Louise Bourgeois and was inspired by the French-American artist and sculptor’s own mother, a tapestry restorer, portraying a loving and protecting image of fertility and motherhood, shelter and the home. It was purchased by NGC in 2004. Maman, on the other hand, undermines this parental confidence with its enormous and terrifying scale, inciting a mixture of terror and intrigue.
Engagement is One Of the Sculptures You Must See in Vancouver Canada
The pop art sculpture of two “diamond” engagement rings, designed by American conceptual artist and sculptor Dennis Oppenheim and made of translucent plexiglass boxes and aluminum, was put on Vancouver’s Sunset Beach in 2005. Men considering proposing to their future brides at the base of the sculpture should be aware that, while it may be a beautiful gesture, the ring on her finger will appear little in compared to Oppenheim’s, which stands about 30 feet tall.
World’s Largest Lobster – Shediac, New Brunswick Canada
Shediac is one of the Maritimes’ most seafood-centric communities, so it’s no surprise that the small Acadian town is renowned as the “Lobster Capital of the World.” Every year in early July, the town hosts a lobster festival and offers lobster cruises where guests can learn about lobster traps and how to properly prepare and enjoy the wonderful crab. Shediac’s crowning achievement? The town’s most photographed landmark is a 10-metre-long, five-metre-high lobster monument.
Device to Root Out Evil is Stunning Sculptures in Vancouver, Canada
Dennis Oppenheim, an American artist and sculptor, created this controversial sculpture, which was rejected by his alma mater, Stanford University, and was later purchased by the Vancouver Biennale in 2005, a British Columbia organization whose mandate is to mount a major biannual outdoor art exhibition featuring the works of world-class artists. The Vancouver Public Parks Committee opted to dismantle the upside-down church after it sparked widespread outrage. The sculpture was loaned to Calgary’s Glenbow Museum in the innovative Ramsay Exchange neighborhood in 2008, before being returned to Vancouver in 2014.
Giant Mosquito – Komarno, Manitoba
The town of Komarno, located about 70 kilometers north of Winnipeg, claims to be the Mosquito Capital of the World. How proud is this community of being the home of an unlimited number of biting insects? Proud enough to put up a 15-foot-tall replica of a mosquito in the middle of town. If you ever find yourself in this area of the country, the massive insect will undoubtedly serve as a reminder to carry your swatters and bug repellent.
Guaranteed Pure Milk Bottle – Montreal, Quebec
This 13,000-pound, 10-metre-tall landmark water tower, located at 1025 Lucien L’Allier Street in Montreal, was created in 1930 as advertising for the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company by architects Hutchison, Wood & Miller. The Art Deco structure was restored in 2009 after years of neglect, owing to the efforts of volunteers, $100,000 in private donations, and Heritage Montreal’s support to repair and repaint the milk bottle to prevent it from decaying. The structure now acts as a permanent reminder of the city’s long-gone agrifood industry and traditional milk delivery technique.
Giant Squid famous Sculptures – Glovers Harbour, Newfoundland
Fishermen in Glovers Harbour captured a whopper in 1878. They landed a massive squid that was 16.7 meters long and was certified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest squid. In 2001, a duplicate was commissioned and built near the site of the squid’s capture to commemorate the anniversary and attract tourism to the tiny Newfoundland community.
Big Toonie Sculptures in Campbellford, Ontario Canada
As an appropriate tribute to Brent Townsend, the designer of the Canadian toonie and a Campbellford resident, the town built a 27-foot toonie monument. Townsend, an internationally recognized wildlife artist, created the notorious polar bear standing on an ice floe as a strong symbol for Canada. Other large coins in the province include the “Big Loonie” of Echo Bay and the “Big Nickel” of Sudbury.