LEO MOL SCULPTURE GARDENS
NAR: The Leo Mol sculpture gardens are an example of a new
attraction added to the park in the 1990s. Leo Mol is a
renowned Winnipeg sculptor whose works are in collections
throughout the world.
HARTLEY RICHARDSON, PARTNERS IN THE PARK
The story of how the Leo Mol garden came to be is an interesting
one. He had offered his entire collection of works to the
city and then he had perceived that they had turned him
down and he couldn't understand how this gift could be
misinterpreted or misunderstood.
We moved quite quickly and with the full co-operation of
the mayor and the city, we chose an area that was adjacent
to the English Gardens, an area of the park that wasn't being
utilised. And we went about designing this wonderful sculpture
garden with Leo's help and his attention to detail.
We developed both the gallery and the experience of the
sculptures outside. His love is his art. His greatest joy
has been to share with us his life's passion.
CRAM, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
The concept was to give the sculptures a wonderful place
to live. And the building behind me is the building that
was designed to house all his smaller pieces in his collection.
And the garden itself was designed around all of his larger
I've heard other people talk
about coming here to relax and to have some contemplative
time. It seems almost like
there is a large therapeutic value in this garden, which
really makes me very, very happy because that’s why
I do this.
The pool very much contributes to the formality of the site.
It provides a real focal point for the whole site. We wanted
something that we could use to set off a special piece. The
idea was that the sculpture really needed water around it
and Winnipeg really needed a wonderful fountain and pool.
The garden at night is sort of like a fantasyland. At night
you have the aromas of the plants and this very low lighting,
and that really I think adds to the ambience of the space.
In winter the snow kind of blankets everything. It kind of
lays upon each of the sculptures like a little blanket.
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