The Spirit of Charles Marega’s Legacy Unveiled at the ICCS’s IL MUSEO

Amid an official presentation and ceremony choregraphed by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, a large bronze plaque commemorating the unique achievements of sculptor Charles Marega (1871-1939) was unveiled Thursday, December 7, 2017 at IL MUSEO. A proponent of the Beaux-Art style and later Art Deco, Marega created an extensive repertoire of art and sculptures. Among his notable achievements are the Lions which act as sentinels at the south-end of the Lions Gate Bridge, the statue of Captain George Vancouver at City Hall, the President Warren Harding Memorial, the King Edward VII and Joe Fortes memorial fountains, the David Oppenheimer Memorial and the sculptures which decorate the Burrard Bridge. Master of Ceremonies at the unveiling event was Dr. Hal Kalman, B.C.’s HSMBC representative. Following the singing of O Canada by Michelle Koebke, MP John Aldag for Cloverdale – Langley, spoke on behalf of the Government of Canada. He was joined by ICCS President Luca Citton who welcomed the guests to the official ceremony as planned and executed by representatives of the BC Board of HSMBC and Mauro Vescera, ICCS’s Executive Director and staff including Angela Clarke, curator of IL Museo. Consul General Massimiliano Iacchini, applauded Marega’s artistic achievements and legacy as well as the efforts of myriads of Italian immigrants who have contributed to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Ray Culos, who initiated the process by recommending Marega and his life achievements as a sculptor for recognition by Parks Canada’s Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, provided a local touch to the Marega story. In so doing, he credited members of the Famee Furlane Society of Vancouver for featuring stories and photographs of the native of Lucinico (Gorizia) in its publication ‘Fogolars 1979’.



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