The Family of Man

Downtown Calgary was some unique and sometimes strange art work ... but it makes our city ... thought provoking & sometime controversial.  It makes the landscape of the city!!

The Family of Man has been downtown forever!!

These sculptures were specifically commissioned for that part of Britain's Pavilion at Expo 67 which portrayed Britain responding to the challenge of the world problems and meeting international responsibilities. They were conceived and designed by Mario Armengol, who aimed to inspire two moods - an immediate reaction to man dominating and then a contradictory feeling of insignificance and dependence.

The sculptures, despite their height of 21 feet, are unmistakably human - naked, raceless, expressionless men and women. They are placed in groups, hands extended in gestures of fellowship and goodwill.

At the conclusion of Expo 67, Robert Cummings purchased the sculptures on behalf of Maxwell Cummings and Sons, who donated them to the City of Calgary.

A special committee of citizens reviewed numerous offers of sites for these statues, and finally agreed the area in front of the Calgary Education Centre, 515 Macleod Trail S.E., was the most suitable location.

I personally think these statues are rather interesting ... We are all Human and all one big family!!

The Family of Man ~ Donated to the City of Calgary by Maxwell Cummings and Sons ~ Dedicated by the Duke of Kent on the 8th of July 1968 ~ J.C. Leslie, Mayor