Its funny – I worked downtown and very close to the Legislative Building for many years. There is (or at least was) a cafeteria in there and I went there for lunches sometimes, but I never really looked at the building.
I drove there to take pictures of the Golden Boy and then started seeing so much more. 🙂 It is amazing to think how long ago this building was built and that this work was done by people and not machines. Construction started in 1913.
Above Queen Victoria’s sculpture, over the front entrance of the Building is a Pediment. Of course, there are meanings in every part of the Pediment, just like everything back then did.
The Pediment symbolizes Tolerance, Justice and Hard Work. It extends from the nautical wheel on the left, which signifies the Atlantic Ocean to Neptune’s trident on the right, which signifies the Pacific Ocean (from sea to sea) and has a female figure in the middle that represents Manitoba. Next, I’ve cut the Pediment in 1/2 to show each side more clearly.
I see the string of Christmas lights along the top of the Pediment. I guess I’m not the only one who doesn’t take them down after Christmas. 🙂