The Golden Boy sits atop the Manitoba Legislative Building, keeping a watchful eye over the north end of the city. It's a symbol that people in the city have come to know and love. On November 21, Winnipeg's golden boy will celebrate 100 years perched on top of the legislature, and though he still shines, he's already seen a lot in his time.\nThe Golden Boy was first cast in bronze in 1918 as the project of French sculptor Georges Gardet. He was later painted gold (hence the nickname).\nLike the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Boy was brought from France to North America (the Golden Boy, however, was not a gift, but a purchase).\nThe statue stands at 5.25 metres and weighs an impressive 3,640 pounds. Golden Boy was modelled after the Greek God Hermes, and carries a sheaf of wheat as well as a torch.\nGolden Boy faces the north end of the city, because at the time of his addition to the legislative building, it was believed that the province's future lay north toward its undeveloped territory.\nThe Golden Boy faced plenty of hardship before even landing in Canada. In 1918, while he was still at the Barbidienne foundry in France, the area was bombed by Germans.\nView this post on Instagram I’m not Golden Boy, I’m Golden, boi! 🏆🏆🏆🏆 . . The statue was purchased by the Manitoba Government from France. It was sculpted by Georges Gardet of Paris in 1918, and cast in bronze by the Barbidienne Foundry. It was placed in a ship's hold for transport to Canada. However, the ship was commandeered for service in World War I, so the statue remained in the ship's hold for the remainder of the war travelling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean. The statue finally landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was shipped by train to Winnipeg where it was placed atop the Legislative Building on November 21, 1919. #localhistory #winnipeggoldenboy #winnipeg#manitoba #worldwar1#halifax #wiki#hometownlove A post shared by MĒGÅÑ ËVÅÑŠ (@m_j_c_e) on Feb 28, 2019 at 4:21pm PST\nNews reports from that era claimed that everything in the foundry had been destroyed except for the Golden Boy.\nThroughout this article, the statue has only been referred to as the Golden Boy. However, his proper name is "Eternal Youth and the Spirit of Enterprise."\nView this post on Instagram Dat boy #winnipeggoldenboy #manitobagoldenboy #mblegislature #manitobalegislature A post shared by Benjamin Halverson (@nordic.cowboy) on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:44pm PDT\nTo celebrate Canada's centennial in 1967, Golden Boy's torch was actually wired to light up, and it stayed lit until 2000.\nOf course, like any statue exposed to the elements, Golden Boy had to be cleaned. In 2002, he underwent a major restoration that cost $1.1 million.\nWinnipeg is often made fun of. NHL players said it's their least favourite city to visit, and despite the many winter activities Winnipeg has, it's not often thought of as a tourist destination. In fact, most people just want to get out of Winnipeg during the winter.\nStill, the Golden Boy stands tall above the city, looking out over its citizens, and it might just do so for another century.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.