Leo Mol (1915–2009)

Winnipeg sculptor and artist Leo Mol died Saturday at age ninety-four, according to the CBC.

Born in Ukraine in 1915 as Leonid Molodozhanyn, Mol studied sculpture at the Leningrad Academy of Arts from 1936 to 1940 and in the Hague in 1943. During his career, Mol created works that are on display around the world, including bronze sculptures, ceramic figurines, and stained-glass church windows. In 2002, his sculpture Lumberjacks was featured on a Canadian postage stamp.

More than three hundred of his works—bronze and ceramic sculptures, paintings, and drawings—are displayed in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg' s Assiniboine Park. The garden was unveiled in 1992 and has been expanded twice since. In 1989, Mol was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his artistic contributions; in 2000, he was awarded the Order of Manitoba.