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Iconic bronze sculpture ‘The Household’ unveiled in new everlasting residence on Granville Island


The sculpture, which was initially in entrance of the previous Pacific Press (Vancouver Solar) constructing at seventh and Granville Road within the ’60s, sat in storage for almost 15 years.

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A dedication ceremony was held Saturday for Jack Harman’s iconic bronze sculpture known as The Household, which now has a everlasting residence in Creekhouse Courtyard on Granville Island.

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The sculpture was initially commissioned and put in in entrance of the previous Pacific Press (Vancouver Solar) constructing at seventh and Granville Road within the mid Nineteen Sixties and was moved to its printing plant in Surrey when the constructing was torn down.

It was later positioned in storage, the place it spent nearly 15 years.

The Household was one in every of Harman’s most controversial items as a result of it featured a unadorned boy within the household group.

There have been many offended letters to the editor however finally the controversy died down and it turned an area landmark.

Harman’s son Stephen informed Postmedia the boy being unclothed was purported to symbolize “a brand new technology stepping ahead, shedding the metaphorical clothes and baggage of the previous.”

The sculpture was commissioned by Vancouver Solar writer Stu Keate in 1965 and was unveiled on July 6, 1966.

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When Pacific Press (which printed The Solar and Province) offered its property at 2250 Granville in 1997, The Household moved to the corporate’s new printing plant in Surrey. That closed in 2015 and the sculpture has been in storage since.

In 2019, David McCann, the property supervisor of the Creekhouse, turned conscious that Postmedia was on the lookout for a brand new residence for “The Household.”

McCann labored with the Creekhouse Industries proprietor and Harold Munro, editor in chief of the The Vancouver Solar and The Province, to amass it, with approval from CMHC-Granville Island and the Metropolis of Vancouver.

—With information from John Mackie

The Family statue by sculptor Jack Harmon has a new home at Creekhouse Courtyard at Granville Island after being in storage for several years. The statue was originally installed at the Pacific Press building building at 7th and Granville Street in the mid-1960’s, then moved to the Surrey printing plant until that building was decommissioned several years ago.
The Household statue by sculptor Jack Harmon has a brand new residence at Creekhouse Courtyard at Granville Island after being in storage for a number of years. The statue was initially put in on the Pacific Press constructing constructing at seventh and Granville Road within the mid-1960’s, then moved to the Surrey printing plant till that constructing was decommissioned a number of years in the past. Picture by Jason Payne /PNG

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