Photograph by Bob Brink
Amelia Earhart Statue
by Luben Boykov
Kearney Tourist Chalet, Harbour Grace
Harbour Grace, NL A0A 2N0
On May 20, 1932, American aviator Amelia Earhart flew in a Lockheed Vega 5B from the airfield in Harbour Grace. After 14 hours and 56 minutes of flying, she landed in Northern Ireland. Earhart became the first female (and second person after Charles Lindbergh) to make a solo trans-Atlantic flight.
In 2007, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of this historical event, Luben Boykov created the Amelia Earhart statue dressed in aviation attire. The statue is located at the Spirit of Harbour Grace Park, which also features a DC-3 airplane, Spirit of Harbour Grace, which was used to transport food and supplies in Labrador.
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.