I must admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Art Gallery of Alberta’s architecture. I thought it was over exaggerated and didn’t fit with anything around it… Then they took down the tarps and scaffolding, removed the barricades and drove the heavy equipment away. Okay, it looked much better without all the construction clutter, but I was still a little skeptical… until now.
Julie and I took the kids to check it out and I was very impressed. The foyer keeps you looking up like in the Guggenheim, but with more light and space. Very modern materials with a classic industrial feel. I think this will be the most photographed building in Edmonton by the end of the year.
The exhibits were perfect for Julie and me. They built an interactive photo studio modeled after Yousuf Karsh’s method of making images. They showed the old cameras and lighting he would use. Cotton covered wires running out of a metal clad light with what looked like an armour plated snoot. You could get a hernia lugging around one of these lights. Amazing.
Bottom line… go check it out. :^)