British Columbia

Emily Carr statue to be unveiled

One of Canada's most eccentric and well-known artists is being honoured with a bronze statue in a prime Victoria location near the B.C. legislature buildings.

One of Canada's most eccentric and well-known artists is being honoured with a bronze statue in a prime Victoria location near the B.C. legislature buildings.

Emily Carr's statue will overlook one of the city's most popular tourist areas, which includes the stately Fairmont Empress Hotel.

The larger-than-life statue shows Carr with two of her most famous sidekicks — her pet monkey Woo sitting on her shoulders, and her mixed breed dog Billie, standing near his master.

Carr is best known for her post-impressionist paintings depicting the rugged and moody West Coast rainforest and her portrayal of remote First Nations villages.

She was born in Victoria in 1871 and died in 1945.

Sculptor Barbara Paterson of Edmonton says she couldn't be more thrilled to see her work placed in such a prominent location in Victoria, where it will be officially unveiled on Wednesday.