Located between Lasserre Building and Frederic Wood Theatre, this work was donated to UBC in 1976 by the Alumni Association, and is a naturalistic depiction of Norman Archibald MacRae “Larry” MacKenzie (1894–1986). MacKenzie served as the third President of UBC from 1944 to 1962.
MacKenzie was born in Pugwash, NS, had a brief farming career in Saskatchewan and earned the Military Cross and Bar for his service in the Canadian Army in World War I. He studied arts and law at Dalhousie University where a second identical casting of the sculpture was dedicated in the same year (1976), and studied international law at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. MacKenzie was Professor of International Law at the University of Toronto and President of the University of New Brunswick before becoming UBC President.
A great proponent of the arts, MacKenzie helped establish the UBC Schools of Architecture and Music and the Departments of Theatre and Fine Arts. His statue gazes upon the Belkin Art Gallery, and his secretary, Helen Belkin, is the Gallery’s namesake.
Jack Harman (1927-2001) was born in Vancouver and studied at the Vancouver School of Art and the Slade School in London in the early 1950s. His first solo show was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1962. Harman taught at the Vancouver School of Art and the Emily Carr College of Art, and is recognized for establishing the first sculpture foundry in BC. Harman is known for works such as Reconciliation, The Peacekeeping Monument and the equestrian statue Queen Elizabeth II, both in Ottawa. He received the Order of British Columbia in 1996 for his contributions to art.