Family of Man Sculpture


Big naked people. Need I say more? Nearly a dozen giant naked people greeted me on the grounds of the Calgary Education Centre. Their indistinct genitals notwithstanding, the 21-foot humans – men, women, and children – represent a family of sorts.

Sculptor Mario Armengol titled this group of sculptures, Family of Man when he created it for Britain’s Pavilion at Expo 67.

I love public art, and love really big public art even more.

The statues stand in a small park surrounded by three busy downtown streets and a parkade. They were purchased by Maxwell Cummings and Sons, who then donated them to the Calgary Board of Education.

The mosquitoes were so bad the day we stopped here – I could barely stop long enough to take this handful of shots.

written by dirklancer on 2011-02-18 #places #art #naked #sculpture #landmark #location #public #supersampler #dirklancer #lca #calgary


  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Next time try to put naked in the title! :P

  2. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I like the sign, makes me wonder what people do there... ;)

  3. troch
    troch ·

    Thanks for the memory. I was living in Calgary when this installation was put up and there was a great deal of controversy over naked statues, as Alberta is deep in the Canadian Bible Belt.

  4. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    What would the world be without the bigots?

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