October 18, 1999, in celebration of the 70 anniversary
of the Persons’ Case, the Famous 5 Foundation unveiled to
Calgary the first monument to commemorate the achievements
of Canada’s Famous 5. A year later, a similar monument was
erected on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, marking national
recognition of the nation builders many had forgotten.
The Famous 5 Foundation commissioned artist Barbara
Paterson to create the monuments. Paterson holds a Diploma
in Fine Arts with a major in Painting, and a Bachelor of
Fine Arts with a major in Sculpture from the University of
Alberta. She specializes in a variety of sculpture media
including wax, stone, bronze, and welded steel.
Her outdoor life-size bronzes can be seen at St. Albert
City Hall, in the Ghosts Project in Red Deer and in an
elementary school in Edmonton. Her work is represented in
the following collections: the Edmonton Opera Society, St.
Alberta Public Library, Faculty of Education of the
University of Alberta, the MacKay Avenue Museum, the Alberta
Foundation for the Arts, and the American Kennel Club. In
1995 and again in 1997, Barbara Paterson was the only
Canadian artist invited to exhibit her sculpture in the
House of Humour and Satire in Gabrova, Bulgaria.