Helen Waimel Robertson - Arts and Culture Wall of Fame
Helen was born in Estonia, where she developed her appreciation of the arts and began her first
sculptures in clay. She immigrated to Canada in 1926 and moved to Chippawa in 1950 where she
continued to create and develop her art, working in clay and cast bronze.
Throughout her youth and college years, she won many awards for her sculptured creations, including a
scholarship to Ontario College of Fine Arts where she graduated with the Governor General’s Medal.
Through her friendship with the artistic world she has experimented with new techniques, developing a
style between realism and the abstract. From clay and bronze she moved on to work in hammered
copper, and chiselled and polished composite stone, and explored bronze-like plastic materials for
Several of Helen’s sculptures and reliefs are displayed throughout the Niagara Region. She designed the
Canadian Coat of Arms in the St. Catharines Federal Building, the coat of arms in the Customs Building
in Niagara Falls, as well as sculptures for various schools throughout the Region. Rodman Hall has a
small collection of her work, and her fountain entitled “Freedom” (“Boy with Bird”) is featured at the
Niagara Parks Commission’s Greenhouse. Her works are viewed by the public daily and are greatly
Helen Waimel Robertson passed away in 2002, but her life’s work will live long and generations to come
will appreciate her talent.