Legislative Marble Staircase

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Location: This is the entrance to the Manitoba Lesgislative Building in Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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The Manitoba Legislative Building is the meeting place of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, in central Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It was originally named the Manitoba Parliament Building, not Legislative. The neoclassical building was completed in 1920 and stands seventy-seven meters tall (253 ft). It was designed and built by Frank Worthington Simon and Henry Boddington III, along with other Masons and many skilled craftsmen. Frank Simon (1862-1933) was a former student at the École des Beaux-Arts which taught students neoclassical art, architecture, geometry, drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving, philosophy, astronomy, and mythology. The building is famous for the Golden Boy, a gold covered bronze statue based on the style of the Roman god Mercury, or the Greek god Hermes, at the top of the cupola, or domed ceiling. The stair case is composed of three flights of steps each with 13 steps. The steps are brown-veined Carrara marble, the finest marble in the world. Flanking the steps are life size North American bison. Made of solid bronze, they were modelled by Georges Gardet, creator of the Golden Boy, and cast at the Roman Bronze Works in New York City. Each bison weighs 2,268 kilograms (2½ tons). Legend has it that to install the bison safely without damaging the marble floors, the main entrance was flooded and left to freeze. Both bison were then placed on enormous slabs of ice cut from the Assiniboine River, and safely slid into the building. The bison are one example of apotropaic icons in the Grand Staircase.

The bison, a symbol of the Province of Manitoba, are meant to represent the sacred bulls which guard temple entrances.y and also the protector of cities.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC Wide Angle Lens, Aperture exp 16.0, Shutter speed 1/200, ISO 400

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