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Memorable Manitobans: George Barone (1916-1992)


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 several monuments around Manitoba. 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:





White Horse Monument

RM of St. Francois Xavier



Giant Viking Statue

Gimli, RM of Gimli



Hi Neighbour Sam

Transcona, Winnipeg



Tommy the Turtle

Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton



Alpine Archie

McCreary, Municipality of McCreary



Sara the Camel

Glenboro, Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress



Sharptail Grouse

Ashern, Municipality of West Interlake



The Miner Monument

Mystery Lake Road, Thompson




“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: 26 December 2020

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