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Assiniboine Park: A Park for all Seasons
Assiniboine Park:
A Park for all Seasons

Produced for Prairie Public Television ©2003
Written and Produced By George Siamandas

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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.

HEATHER 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 pieces.

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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