In a quiet retreat in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, you'll find the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden containing bronze pieces of art by master sculpture Leo Mol amid greenery and flowering plants.
Leo Mol was born Leonid Molodoshanin in 1915 in the Ukraine. In 1948, he made his home in Canada. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1989 and was awarded the Order of Manitoba in 2000. He died in 2009.
(a pioneer bush pilot)
A stroll through the garden is a peaceful experience, as you listen to the birds and breathe in the sweet, woodsy fragrance. The day I visited was hot, but I felt cool and comfortable under the canopy of leaves. On a grassy area in the sun, a family picnicked.
|A cool, quiet place to rest|
The garden opened in 1992 and has been expanded twice since then. More than 300 of Leo Mol's works are displayed, larger pieces outside in the garden, smaller pieces inside the Leo Mol Gallery.
|Fountain in centre of garden with Leo Mol Gallery behind it.|
On summer Sunday afternoons free jazz concerts occur here
Leo Mol used the Lost Wax method, an ancient process for casting bronze that starts with a clay sculpture from which a mold is made.
The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is open daily from 9:00 am to dusk. Admission is free. Information on the Sunday Jazz Concert series can be found here.
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