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Bob and Doug Statues at the Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta

PHOTO BY FISH GRIWKOWSKY 

    

        The color-patina statues are a collaborative effort between accomplished Edmonton sculptor Ritchie Velthuis, the non-profit SCTV Monument Committee, Calgary’s Bronzart Casting and actors Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, who had suggestions during the entire process.

Velthuis, who calls the monument his career highlight, was hired by the committee and began work in earnest in 2017, first carving Styrofoam on a metal armature from smaller models 

After six months of intense work the figures were ready to go to the foundry. “Each figure was around 10 small pieces," said Veldhuis. "It’s a fairly complex and complicated mould, just because of the seated position, hands in front of hands, that kind of thing.”

Years in the making, Edmonton scuptor, Ritchie Velthuis' painted bronze life-size statues  of SCTV's Bob and Doug McKenzie arrived without fanfare at Roger Place in Edmonton, Alberts in April 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  

The McKenzie Brothers

Bob and Doug McKenzie are a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted “The Great White North”, a sketch which was introduced on SCTV for the show’s third season when it moved to CBC Television in 1980. Bob is played by Rick Moranis and Doug is played by Dave Thomas. The duo became a pop culture phenomenon in both the United States and Canada. The characters were later revived for an animated series, Bob & Doug, which premiered on Global Television (Corus) in 2009.

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