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July 28, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Historical Significance of Charles Marega

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketiwre - July 28, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of Charles Marega, whom he designated a National Historic Person of Canada, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"Our Government is proud to commemorate Charles Marega in recognition of his many contributions to art and the arts community in British Columbia," said Minister Prentice. "Through this recognition, we are able to help ensure that his contributions will be remembered and appreciated by generations to come."

"Marega was a highly skilled artist who produced a number of outstanding monuments of sculpture in the province of British Columbia," stated the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia Pacific Gateway and Regional minister for the Province of B.C. "He sculpted some of the most significant works of architecture and engineering of the 1920s and 1930s in Canada, including the Lions of the Lions Gate Bridge. I am delighted to see his works and life gain official recognition through this designation."

"The Italian community is elated with the news that Carlo Marega, the Italian sculptor who immigrated to Vancouver at the turn of the twentieth century, has been designated as a person of national significance. Marega, whose numerous creative works have contributed significantly to British Columbia's aesthetic and artistic treasures, is most certainly deserving of this national recognition. Personally, I am overjoyed with the announcement," stated Ray Culos, author and social historian.

In addition to the creating, Marega furthered the art of sculpture in other ways, including through exhibits, teaching and efforts to establish major art institutions. Marega worked persistently to maintain the presence of sculpture in the European tradition, and worked successfully with the arts community to establish both a school of art (today known as the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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