The Golden Boy statue is 5.25 metres (17.2 feet) tall from the toe to the top of the torch. He weighs 1650 kg (3,640 lb), and the top of his torch is 77 metres (250 feet) above ground. The Golden Boy is perched on the dome of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and faces North.
The statue was purchased by Manitoba Government from France. It was sculpted by Georges 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 remainder of the 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 1940s the bronze statue was painted gold, before his first gilding with twenty-four carat gold in 1951. 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 Read more… photo:Wikipedia
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