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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lemiez Sculpture Garden (RM of Grahamdale)

A gallery of concrete sculptures at a farmstead in the Rural Municipality of Grahamdale, settled by Belgian immigrant Armand George Lemiez, were created between 1967 and 1976. Themes of the Lemiez sculptures range from politics to religion and mythology, as well as a self-portrait. His efforts to have the site designated as a provincial park were ultimately unsuccessful and the sculptures were subsequently damaged by weather and vandals. More recently, interpretive signage has been installed and the site was well maintained at the time of a 2021 visit. A large collection of Lemiez’s oil paintings, now lost, were formerly displayed in a cinder-block building on the site known as the Pioneers Memorial Gallery.

Lemiez Sculpture Garden

Lemiez Sculpture Garden (May 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Lemiez Sculpture Garden

Lemiez Sculpture Garden (June 2021)
Source: George Penner

Lemiez Sculpture Garden

“My father and his girlfriend” (May 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Lemiez Sculpture Garden

“Nixon and the police” (May 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Remains of the “Pioneers Memorial Gallery” at the Lemiez homestead

Remains of the “Pioneers Memorial Gallery” at the Lemiez homestead (May 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.38230, W98.50124
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Armand George Lemiez (1894-1984)


We thank Amanda Linden, Ross and Helen Jermey, Alisa Kehler, and George Penner for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2022

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