Letters, Dec. 14, 2019: The Household statue wants a brand new dwelling

The Jack Harman sculpture The Household lies in a Surrey storage locker earlier this month.

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Final week, reporter John Mackie wrote about how Jack Harman’s statue The Family wants a brand new dwelling. Listed here are among the ideas The Vancouver Solar obtained:


I believe the sculpture of The Household needs to be put in Stanley Park. That’s the first place I consider after I consider households. Second Seashore or Lumbermen’s Arch space can be fabulous.

Susan Lawless, Vancouver 

Thanks for the article on my dad’s statue. I want to see The Household positioned at B.C. Youngsters’s Hospital. It’s all about household there, and kids don’t really feel disgusted or offended by nudity.


Melinda (Harman) Konings, Victoria 

They seem like a younger household decided and powerful, wanting towards a brand new and hopeful future. They’d look inspirational in entrance of the brand new artwork gallery “nonetheless to be constructed.”

Linda Carvajal, Bowen Island


An incredible spot for the sculpture can be in south Vancouver, alongside the trail within the River District. The Household can face the Fraser River, maybe towards YVR as they seem like wanting on the future — similar to many newcomers who arrive in our stunning metropolis.

Our neighbourhood is sorely lacking public artwork in our outside areas — this piece can be a particular focus of pleasure and would have little competitors. The sculpture can be admired and loved by individuals who stroll, run, picnic and play on the general public path alongside the river. With the event of the final piece of waterfront property in Vancouver, south Vancouver has a rising inhabitants that will profit from a bit of particular public artwork.

Lynn Leong, Vancouver


Thanks, thanks, for a improbable article. First alternative for me would a location at B.C. Youngsters’s Hospital. I grew up with the Harman household. This sculpture deserves to be introduced out of storage and given an attractive dwelling for all to get pleasure from.

Lesley Cosco, Vancouver

Jack Herman’s The Household statue would possibly look good in entrance of the Electra constructing going through Nelson Avenue as a result of it appears to be like much like the constructing it had been in entrance of on Granville Avenue and appears to work stylistically.


Jill Hasman, Vancouver 

Thanks a lot. I had puzzled the place they had been. Sure, I hope they emerge quickly, again to public life in Vancouver, the place we have now so little public artwork. They want area and a focus, perhaps close to a brand new gallery, or English Bay close to Dennis Oppenheim’s Engagement sculptures.

Dana Brynelsen, Halfmoon Bay


The Household is an iconic sculpture that graced the Vancouver panorama for 30-plus years. I used to stroll previous it daily on the way in which to work, and I, for one, miss it. It’s a disgrace The Household has been hidden in a Surrey storage locker all this time, depriving residents of this high-quality metropolis from seeing, admiring, and experiencing it.

A suggestion for a brand new location: Isn’t someplace on the property of the present artwork gallery probably the most logical place? Conversely, if and when the brand new artwork gallery is ever constructed, it ought to positively discover a everlasting dwelling there. The earlier it’s faraway from storage, the higher.

Rick Modien, Maple Ridge


The sculpture of The Household can be glorious on the Granville Bridge as a function of the brand new pedestrian/bike method.

Judy Kirk, Vancouver 

Clearly, The Household must be put in immediately under Spinning Chandelier.


Kelly Rawlings, Vancouver 

I believe an awesome place can be any of the plaza areas across the Vancouver Artwork Gallery. The sculpture can be a high-quality educating focus.

Ted McGrath, Vancouver 


I’ve simply learn your beautiful article on Jack Harman’s The Household. I’m sufficiently old to recollect its authentic place in entrance of the outdated Solar constructing on Granville Avenue. I believe an ideal spot for the sculpture is the plaza in entrance of the artwork gallery.

It deserves area surrounding it and can be seen “within the spherical” as a substitute of being seen solely from the entrance. If the gallery individuals decline the suggestion, then a grassy slope at English Bay can be a pleasant spot too. The Household can be looking to sea.

Sandra Grant, Vancouver 


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