On either side of the Grand Staircase inside the Legislative Building in the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, there are two life sized bison statues. The Grand Staircase is three flights, each flight consisting of thirteen stairs which have been created out of brown-veined marble to blend in with the spectacular architectural design of the Legislative Building.
The bison statues are a reminder of the herds which once roamed the prairie landscape and are made from solid bronze created by Georges Gardet. Each bison weighs in at 2 1/2 tons and to bring these statues into the building without ruining the marble floor, the entrance was flooded and frozen. The two statues were placed on large ice slabs and slid across the floor to the permanent position they now stand in at the Legislative Building. ... continue below the picture...
The bison is an important symbol in the Province of Manitoba signifying the sacred bulls which guard entrances to temples. When visitors tour through the Legislative building in the City of Winnipeg, they can view these life size statues for themselves.
Two life sized bison statues at the base of the Grand Staircase in the Legislative Building, City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.