Photo credit: 2009 © by John Whelan
"People" sculpture from Expo 67 was installed on October 5, 2005 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. The 11 figures were named Sun, Moon, Angele, Woman, Philosopher, Pregnant Woman, Three Children, Poet and Family. Québec artist Louis Archambault was paid $30,000 by the federal government to create the sculptures. They were previously located at Elections Canada, the former home of the exhibition commission for Public Works on Coventry Road in Ottawa.
The article below is from the Canada Art Bank web site published on October 15, 2005
"People" sculpture from Expo 67 now in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank
Thirty-eight years after "People" was first installed at the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 67, this important work by celebrated Canadian artist Louis Archambault has been faithfully restored and installed on the grounds of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC). The eleven sculptures each variously named "Famille", "Mère", "Père", "Enfant", "Angèle", etc, are beautifully framed in their new location by Douglas Cardinal's exquisite architecture, the Ottawa River and the Parliament Buildings.
The Art Bank worked with the CMC's Curator of Canadian Crafts, Alan Elder, who first found the sculptures installed at Public Works and Government Services Canada. Elder suggested that the Art Bank take ownership of the works, have them restored and offer them on loan to CMC for a three year period. In 2008, "People" will become available for rent to Art Bank clients.
""People" is a significant work in the history of Canadian art," stated Victoria Henry, Director of the Canada Council Art Bank. "Louis Archambault played an important role in bringing a modern aesthetic to the visual arts in Canada and this work captures the innovative environment of Expo 67."
"People" sculpture from Expo 67 now in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank (this link has photographs of the installation of the "People" sculptures.)