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Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery’s Monuments in North America

Over the years, Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery has created over 100 monuments, which can be seen in public spaces, museums, airports and galleries throughout North America. Through their lost-wax bronze castings, world-renowned sculptors Don Begg and Shirley Stephens-Begg have commemorated some of Canada’s most significant events, along with military and historical figures.

The Process

Don and Shirley are involved in every step, from researching the topic and involving community input, to the designing, enlarging, lost-wax bronze casting, delivery and on-site installation. Each monument can range from life-size to 17” in height. The process can take anywhere between six months to a year to complete. Our 16,000-square foot studio welcomes visitors to see how the sculptures are created – from original clay to finished cast bronze.

For additional information about our monument services, please call Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery.

Where to See Our Monuments

  • Edmonton, Alberta – “Perseverance”
    This captures an important moment in the Canadian history: Lord Strathcona (Donald Alexander Smith), founder of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse Regiment, driving the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Legislative Grounds 10800 97 Avenue NW Edmonton, AB Canada
  • Regina, Saskatchewan – “The Vision”
    This statue is situated in the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens. The life-size statue showcases Saskatchewan’s first Premier, Walter Scott’s vision for the site and building of the Regina Legislature. Regina Legislature 2405 Legislative Drive Regina, SK Canada
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba – “Drafting the Petition”
    This is a larger-than-life-size statue honouring Nellie McClung. This was a collaborative work with Winnipeg artist, Helen Granger Young. The statue depicts Nellie McClung circa 1929, as a member of the “famous five” who was responsible for making women “persons” under the law. West Lawn, Winnipeg Legislature Osborne Street North Winnipeg, MB Canada
  • Calgary, Alberta – “Sitting Eagle” (John Hunter – Irhe Wapta)
    Listed as one of the top things to see in Calgary by TripAdvisor®, “Sitting Eagle” stands 18” tall at the corner of 6th Street and 7th Avenue in downtown Calgary. This respected Stoney leader’s statue with a full ceremonial headdress has become a landmark in the City of Calgary. Corner of 7th Avenue & 6th Street Southwest Calgary, AB Canada
  • Mayerthorpe, Alberta – “The Fallen Four Memorial”
    This memorial honours the lives of the RCMP officers killed in the Mayerthorpe tragedy and recognizes the risks all police officers face in service to their community. Four larger-than-life-size bronze statues of the RCMP officers stand in the four positions of readiness around a 25” tall obelisk, the centrepiece of the Mayerthorpe Fallen Four Memorial Park. This is a place for reflection and gathering to pay tribute to all police officers. Mayerthorpe Memorial Park 4602 52nd Street Mayerthorpe, AB Canada
  • Calgary, Alberta & Ottawa, Ontario – “Colonel James A. Farquharson Macleod” Commissioner NWMP
    Known for his work with the Blackfoot tribes, Colonel Macleod was cherished by both First Nations and those of European ancestry — a rarity in those times. Installed at Fort Calgary, this heroic scale equestrian statue is a fitting tribute to a man known for his patience, honesty, wisdom and compassion. Fort Calgary 750 9th Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB Canada National RCMP Memorial is the second bronze cast of the equestrian statue of Commissioner James A. Farquharson Macleod, who was renowned for bringing law and order to Western Canada. The statue serves as a memorial to all RCMP officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. The memorial is situated outside the front gates to the RCMP National Headquarters so that members of the public can pay their respects at any time. 73 Leikin Drive Barrhaven, Ottawa, ON Canada
  • Calgary, Alberta – “Nuns and Nightingales"
    In 1891, four nuns from the Sisters of Charity of Montreal established Holy Cross Hospital (Holy Cross Centre) with only $73.75. The life-size bronze sculpture portrays a Grey Nun presenting the certificate of graduation to a nursing student, circa 1953. This statue honours the nuns and nurses who served the needs of Calgary’s citizens during the hospital’s 123-year history. Holy Cross Centre 2210 2nd Street Southwest Calgary, AB Canada
  • Weyburn, Saskatchewan - “Weyburn Pioneer Statue”
    Located at the corner of 5th Street & 1st Avenue NE, Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Sculpted by Don & Shirley Begg of Studio West Bronze Foundry & Art Gallery, Cochrane, AB September 2015.
  • Calgary and Cochrane, Alberta & Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – “Egg Money”
    This monument can be seen at three locations in Western Canada, in Cochrane, as well as Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary and downtown Saskatoon. The larger-than-life-size bronze statue honours the sacrifices and courage of the pioneer women who settled the Canadian prairies. The Ranche at Fish Creek Provincial Park, Calgary, AB The City of Saskatoon, SK Centennial Plaza, Cochrane, AB
  • Calgary, Alberta – “Annie and Teddy”
    Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary
  • Vulcan, Alberta – “Schools’ Out”
    Vulcan, Alberta
  • Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta – “Acres of Dreams" by Don & Shirley Begg
    Legacy Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta June 2017
  • NorthStar Ford, Cochrane – “An Early Calf”
    This work depicts Jack, a hardworking rancher with an early calf. Calving season often has windy, snowy weather conditions, and Jack is giving this young calf an easier start to life.

Visit Don Begg Studio West in Cochrane to Know More About Statues in:

  • Sechelt, BC

  • Gagetown, NB
  • Tuktoyaktuk Airport, NWT
  • Drayton Valley, AB
  • St. Albert, AB
  • Fort Saskatchewan, AB
  • Bragg Creek, AB
  • …and many more
Bronze cast of a family
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