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‘Wait For Me, Daddy’: Famous Canadian WWII Photo To Become Sculpture In B.C.
July 24, 2013
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'Wait for me, Daddy' is one of the most famous photos to come out of Canada during the Second World War.

The picture of a five-year boy running after his dad as he marches off to war in New Westminster, B.C. was taken by Vancouver Daily Province photographer Claude Dettloff in the fall of 1940, and ended up being shared around the world and hung in every school in B.C. during the war.

Now the City of New Westminster has announced plans to create a sculpture commemorating the famous image.

wait-for-me-daddy-side.jpgThe artwork will be placed at the exact spot where the shot was taken, on 8th Street near the intersection with Columbia.

Spanish artists Edwin and Veronica Dam de Nogales have been commissioned to create the sculpture, and they're already working on it at their studio in Barcelona, Spain.

"The challenge is to re-create a work that is as powerful as the photograph, but in the sense that we're re-addressing it into a new time period," Edwin Dam de Nogales told CBC News.

Details about exactly what the sculpture will look like are scarce, but CBC News reports it will feature three figures representing the boy and his parents.

The city is planning to unveil the finished artwork in 2014, and stage a re-enactment of the soldiers' march in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

CBC News also caught up with the boy in the picture, Warren 'Whitey' Bernard, who says he still remembers the moment it was taken.

"I wanted to go with Dad. I wanted to be with Dad. I guess I had it in my mind that this was it," he said at his home in Tofino, B.C.

If you're wondering how things ended up for the family in the photograph, Warren's father Jack Bernard came home when the war was over, and lived long enough to see his son become mayor of Tofino.

Via CBC News


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