Photograph by Bob Brink
Terry Fox Memorial
by Luben Boykov
Memorial Park, St. John's
Water Street, St. John's, NL A1C 1A6
On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began his cross-country Marathon of Hope journey in St. John’s to raise funds for cancer research. The spread of his cancer forced him to end his run outside Thunder Bay on September 1, 1980, after 143 days and 5,373 km.
In the artist's words, the life-sized sculpture will evoke "beginning and genesis; the artificial leg acting as a static point of inception, while the rest of Terry's body, tense and taut, projecting focus, determination and purpose, is reminiscent of the road ahead of him. He is portrayed at the moment of a literal and metaphorical climb on an incline. The sculpted terrain, with its dramatic form and texture, endeavours to reflect Terry's turbulent and gripping life story."
Luben Boykov was born in 1960 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and immigrated to Canada in 1990. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He has been inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy and awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his extensive and widespread output of sculptures and exhibitions.