Tuesday, September 25, 2012

When The Pole Came To Greece

Foreign Affairs Canada have it recorded that this totem was a gift to the Canadian Embassy in Athens from the Premier of the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Premier's name was W. A. Bennett (he was Premier starting August 1, 1952 till September 15, 1972), while the Canadian Ambassador in Greece at the time was Mr. M. Gauvin. The gift was made during the term of Mr. Gauvin's ambassadorship, between 1970 and 1975.
For a short time the Totem Pole was on display at the front door of the embassy, but after some re-design of the lobby it had to be moved.  The decision was to move it into the garden of the Official Residence. Some might argue that it was a bad choice to move this piece of art outdoors, but there's also merit in displaying this fine piece of art in a natural surrounding.

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