Photograph by Bob Brink
Cultural Connections Monument
by Luben Boykov
Harbour Drive, St. John's
10 Harbour Dr, St. John's, NL A1C 1A5
The abstract presentation of an arch form sculpture with two columns joining on top can offer different interpretations to its viewer.
Water, landmass and codfish are the elements that symbolize the historical connection between St. John’s and Portugal. “The columns are reminiscent of the two landmasses on both sides of the Atlantic…Water is streaming up and down the columns,” and the space between the two columns in the shape of a codfish is “reflective of the common traditions the two maritime cultures share and is representative of the historical relationship between Newfoundland and Portugal.” (Luben Boykov)
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.