St. Thomas Public Library History

Mother & Child Statue

Artist: Jiri Hanzalek (1926 – 2012)

The Mother and Child statue was loaned to the Library for the grand opening on 4 October 1974 by the artist for a six month period. A committee was formed in 1975 to raise funds to purchase the fiberglass original for the library, then it was recast in bronze with the help of a Wintario grant in 1978.

Resource: From a pamphlet created for the opening of the new St.  Thomas-Elgin Library, Oct 4, 1974. Click here to access the document virtually.


Another version of the statue stands in Chechia. Click here to see the statue.

bronze statue of mother holding arms of smaller child in a dancing gesture in front of grey stone building