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Memorable Manitobans: George Barone (1916-1992)

Sculptor.

Born in Italy, Barone came to Winnipeg in 1949. After several years with CBC television as a set designer, he set off on his own as a sculptor. He was responsible for the white horse sculpture at Headingley, the Viking in Gimli, the turtle in Boissevain, and the ski bum at McCreary. He used a technique that enabled him to create statues from resins and steel rods that could withstand the Canadian climate. In 1970, he was awarded a Manitoba Centennial Medal by the Manitoba Historical Society. He moved to Kelowna, British Columbia in 1980 and died there on 7 December 1992.

Some of his works in Manitoba included:

Sculpture

Location

Year

Status

White Horse Monument

RM of St. Francois Xavier

1966

 

Giant Viking Statue

Gimli, RM of Gimli

1967

 

Hi Neighbour Sam

Transcona, Winnipeg

1967

 

Tommy the Turtle

Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton

1974

 

Alpine Archie

McCreary, Municipality of McCreary

1978

 

Sara the Camel

Glenboro, Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress

1978

 

Sharptail Grouse

Ashern, Municipality of West Interlake

1979

 

The Miner Monument

Mystery Lake Road, Thompson

1981

 

Sources:

“Noted sculptor left mark on Manitoba,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 December 1992, page 1.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2020

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