Empty Alcove Activity
There are 16 alcoves around the outside of the Legislative Library, but only 14 statues were ever made.
For this activity, students may decide who, or what, should be carved to fill the two empty alcoves.
Here are a few questions that you may want to ask your students:
What do you notice about the people who were chosen?
Who is missing or not represented by these statues?
Why do we make statues of politicians and other well-known people?
What sort of process would we use to choose statues for the Parliament Buildings today?
Should we still make statues of well-known people?
There are a number of resources below, including colouring pages, biographies, an original letter, and lesson plans developed by past participants of the
B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy.
Activities, Resources, and Lesson Plans
Empty alcove colouring sheets:
Letter from the Provincial Librarian, Mr. Scholefield, to the master carver, Mr. Marega - January 13, 1914: