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Brotherhood of Mankind/ Family of Man

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"Seeing as how this sculpture is a Calgary landmark, it may surprise many people to know that this piece by [Spaniard] Mario Armengol was not originally intended to be a work of public art. In fact, these characters were initially created as props for the British Pavilion at Expo'67 in Montreal.


The British pavilion was shaped like a huge cone and had a very high ceiling and these figures were actually inside the lobby of the building. Each figure represents gifts that Britain gave to its colonies, like justice and law.


At the end of the exposition, Britain did not want to keep the props. A Calgary construction company, Maxwell Cummings & Sons, bought them and donated them to the City of Calgary. They decided that the figures would be placed on Calgary Board of Education land located between 4th and 5th Avenue on Macleod Trail SE. But it was the parks department crew that unloaded the shipment made the decision to arrange the figures in a circle, and they have remained in that configuration ever since.


In 1967 Calgarians were outraged! These elongated, abstract, and notably naked figures were seen as offensive but over the years they have endured and are now one of Calgary’s better known landmarks. Its silhouette has been adopted as the logo of the Calgary Board of Education."

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Taken on June 11, 2017