George A. Norris

George Alexander Norris (24 December 1928 – 12 March 2013) was a Canadian artist and sculptor. Norris is best known for his many public sculptures in Vancouver, British Columbia.[1]

George Norris


George Norris was born in Victoria, British Columbia on Christmas Eve 1928 to George and Christina Norris. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art, and later under the tutelage of Ivan Meštrović at Syracuse University. In 1955 he won a British Council scholarship to study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Following this period he returned to Vancouver where he began his professional career.

Among Norris's best-known works are The Crab (1967), located outside the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, and the panels on the University of Victoria's McPherson Library (1963).

In 1960 Norris married Phyllis Piddington, who had grown up at "Wychbury" on Esquimalt, an estate home designed by Samuel Maclure. They had three children: Anna, Samuel, and Alexander. In 1993 the couple moved to Shawnigan Lake. After Norris suffered a head injury in a hiking accident, the couple moved to Victoria in 2008. Norris died on 12 March 2013 at age 84.


Year Name Location Address Photograph
1955 Mother and Child Library, University of British Columbia
1963 (wall panels) McPherson Library, University of Victoria  
1967 (concrete freise) Postal Station D 2405 Pine Street, Vancouver, BC
1967 Man about to Plant Alfalfa H. R. MacMillan Building, University of British Columbia
1967 The Swimmer Vancouver Aquatic Centre 1050 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC
1968 Untitled Frank A. Forward Building, University of British Columbia  
1968 The Crab H. R. MacMillan Space Centre 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC  
1971 Capilano Heights Fountain
1972 Georgia Viaduct Park
1974 Pacific Centre Plaza 701 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
1975 "The Prairie Chicken" Swann Mall, University of Calgary  
1979 Dynamic Mobile Steel Sculpture Victoria Public Library 735 Broughton St, Victoria, BC  
1990 (front door lintel) Shawnigan Lake Community Centre 2804 Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC


  1. ^ "Creator of Vancouver's steel crab sculpture remembered". The Globe and Mail. 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2017-09-30.